The Medical Services on Thursday reassured the public of Cyprus that the recent diagnosis of a patient with West Nile Virus (WNV) was no reason for concern.
According to an official announcement, the patient recently travelled to a country where cases of WNV had been reported in the past and, five weeks after first coming down with symptoms, is now in the recovery phase.
The Health Services said they had already undertaken all the necessary preventative measures and that there was nothing for the public to be concerned about.
According to the US’ Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, West Nile virus (WNV) is most commonly transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent WNV infection but most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms.
About one in five people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms and less than 1% of infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, neurologic illness.
You can reduce your risk of being infected with WNV by using insect repellent and wearing protective clothing to prevent mosquito bites.