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West Nile virus infection toll soars 53% in Italy

West Nile virus infection toll soars 53% in Italy

Rome, Aug 11 (Prensa Latina) West Nile infection case toll reported in Italy soared by 53% this week, in which four deaths were informed, Italy´s Higher Health Institute said Thursday.
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In Thursday´s latest report, the health institute stated that 50 new West Nile virus cases were detected from August 3 to 9, a significant rise in relation to the 94 infections previously reported since the early-June.

Out of 144 patients, 87 of them showed neuroinvasive symptoms, while other 33 just had fever. The country´s overall death toll rose to 11.

Roberto Cauda, Infectious Disease Specialist at the Catholic University of Rome, called for alarmism to be avoided, although pointing out that a close monitoring and early recognition for new infections should be kept.

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