Published On: Sat, Aug 22nd, 2020

Spain panic: Seville reports first official death from West Nile virus | World | News

Sources close to the man’s family have said the man spent several days in the Intensive Care Unit of the Virgen del Rocío hospital in Seville. The man’s worsened last Thursday afternoon and he died shortly before 9.00 pm. The affected person was well known among his neighbours.

The West Nile virus outbreak in Andalusia has already affected 35 people in the Sevillian towns of Coria del Río and La Puebla del Río. making it the largest outbreak in the region.

Around 32 people have been hospitalised due to the severity of the virus.

Six people have been admitted to intensive care units.

The patients in intensive care have developed meningoencephalitis of varying severity.

The region affected is next to the Guadalquivir marshes, where authorities believe the insects are breeding.

West Nile virus can be transmitted to people by mosquito bites and can also affect birds, horses, and other mammals.

Horses in the Andalucia region have now been affected by West Nile virus.

Around 80 percent of infected people do not experience symptoms of West Nile virus.

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The mortality rate of West Nile virus is 0.1 percent among those infected.

Inflammation of the meninges and the brain, meningoencephalitis, are among 1 percent, and a controllable fever among 20 percent of those infected.

In 80 percent of cases, the virus does not cause any symptoms.

Spanish authorities have decided to increase the use of repellents, nets, and fumigation to halt the spread of the virus.

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega.

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