For the first time, infection with West Nile Virus detected in humans in Germany

For the first time, a mosquito-borne West Nile has become demonstrated in Germany infection in humans. “The Person from Saxony was suffering from a brain inflammation, was treated in the Klinikum St. Georg in Leipzig and is now recovering again”, shared with several institutions, including the Robert Koch-Institute (RKI) in Berlin, on Friday.

The Virus-disease is, therefore, the people are often without symptoms. More severe and fatal illness were very rare and were usually older people with pre-existing conditions.

Virus originates from Africa

So far, individual cases in travelers have been known in Germany, who came from the regions concerned. Since 2018, the been originally detected in Africa, the root end of the Virus in several provinces in birds and horses.

Infection does not always lead to disease

Infection does not necessarily lead to a disease. In 80 percent of the Infected show no symptoms at all. At 20 percent it comes to flu-like complaints with a, sometimes with high fever and a slight rash. ,

After three to six days, the symptoms subside, in some cases, the West Nile fever can last up to twelve days. In the case of serious disease, it comes not only to a high fever, but often to inflammation in the brain (encephalitis). The disease often ends fatally. In the case of the sick man from Saxony, the disease has taken a lenient course of: He is recovering in spite of an inflammation of the brain, in the meantime, completely.

No vaccine against the West Nile Virus

In regions of Europe where it is also in the autumn, still warm, advises the world health organization mosquito spray and long clothing. Further preventive measures against the West Nile Virus, such as vaccination, is not there currently.

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