First Infection in Germany: Veterinarian from Bavaria Infects with West Nile Virus


For the first time, a human being in
          Germany has been shown to be infected with the West Nile virus. The veterinarian from Bavaria has been infected with high probability in the autopsy of a vermin killing owl from a wildlife park in Poing (county Ebersberg) with the pathogen. The veterinarian was ill shortly after the procedure on the West Nile fever, but now again Healthy, informed the Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL) on Thursday in Erlangen. A human-to-human infection is unknown. That was for a long time
          Virus in Germany only with Reiserückkehrern been determined. With the dead cougar was dangerous
          West Nile virus has been detected in mid-September. In birds, the virus was detected for the first time in Germany at the end of August, namely in a bearded owl from a zoo in Halle / Saale. The pathogen transmitted by mosquitoes was previously not native to Germany. In recent years, there were few cases in Germany, but all of them had been infected abroad. Compulsory registration has been in place since 2015. In South and Southeastern Europe, there was a particularly violent wave of infections this season, with numerous deaths, especially among the elderly. The Czech Republic also reported the first domestic diseases after years. The virus was first detected in 1937 in the West Nile region of Uganda. Meanwhile, the pathogen is native to much of Africa, Asia and Europe. In the 1990s, he made the leap across the Atlantic Ocean and is now also in the US widespread. The infection runs according to LGL in 80 percent of the infected asymptomatic. Only about 20 percent showed mild disease symptoms such as fever and flu-like symptoms. In rare cases can be severe
          However, infections lead to death.

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