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West Nile cases double in a week to reach 94 - ISS

Institute reports seven deaths

(ANSA) - ROME, AUG 4 - The Higher Health Institute (ISS) said Thursday that the number of cases of West Nile virus registered in humans in Italy since the start of June had climbed to 94, adding that the contagion levels had more than doubled in the last week.
    It said 55 of those cases were of the neuro-invasive form (16 in Emilia-Romagna, 33 in Veneto, four in Piedmont and two in Lombardy).
    It said it had been notified of seven deaths linked to the disease - five in Veneto, one in Piedmont and one in Emilia-Romagna.
    West Nile virus (WNV) can be spread by mosquitoes.
    Most people who get it show no symptoms and recover without treatment. (ANSA).
   

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