A new danger looms over the Capital. Several common mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus were detected, a few days ago, in Bucharest, at the time of a monitoring of the “arboviral epidemiological risk”. The information was transmitted by sources from the health authorities in Bucharest.
Mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus are invading Bucharest. Little Dan can’t be found
Local authorities have been ordered to intervene urgently in the central area and in other green areas of the Capital, where several mosquitoes have been reported to have contracted the West Nile virus. Sources informed that, in this context, the authorities should intervene urgently in the area of Heroes – University, which includes the Izvor and Cismigiu arches, but also other green areas.
The Capital City Hall, represented by Nicușor Dan, received a recommendation to act in this regard, but the representatives did not respond to the requests of psnews.ro journalists regarding what measures will be taken to avoid the danger.
West Nile virus can be deadly. What is the risk group
West Nile virus (VWN) can infect humans, birds, mosquitoes, horses, and other mammals. However, the transmission is made only by means of a mosquito bite. In such cases, prevention is the most appropriate measure to resort to. Thus, mosquitoes must be removed from work, play and housing, and their stings must be avoided.
In 80% of cases, people who have contracted the mosquito virus show signs of fever, severe headache, muscle aches, vomiting, but also rash and sensitivity to light. In some cases, the disease can be fatal. The probability that a person will get sick from a single sting, however, is low, according to specialists.
The risk of severe illness, which can lead to possible death, is highest for people over 50 or with immune deficiencies, according to medical staff. However, the disease can manifest at any age.
The website of the National Center for Surveillance and Control of Communicable Diseases does not provide information on contracting West Nile virus for 2020 and 2021. The last report in this regard was registered in 2019. Thus, between 03.06.2019-27.11.2019 , 66 cases of West Nile infection were detected, and 18 were reported in the Capital. During the same period, eight deaths were declared due to this, some of them being from Bucharest.