British holidaymakers at risk in Spain
Authorities in Spain’s Andalusia region are warning residents about a growing threat posed by an outbreak of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus.
The Daily Mail reports that the killer virus spread by mosquitoes could pose the next health risk for British holidaymakers travelling to Spain, experts say. A remarkable coincidence considering the recent good news on a possible breakthrough for Dengue fever, also spread by mosquitos.
An outbreak of the deadly West Nile virus has already claimed the lives of two people in the southern Spanish city of Seville and put eight in intensive care. A total of twenty-three people have been admitted to hospital so far.
According to the Mail, an expert in infectious diseases warned it could spread to the whole of Spain. Pablo Barreiro told Spanish press: ‘Only about two to five percent of the cases present symptoms.
There are currently not any vaccinations to prevent or treat the virus. Symptoms include headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhoea, or rash.
About one out of 150 infected people who catch the virus develop a serious, sometimes fatal, illness affecting their central nervous system. Symptoms of the severe form of the illness include high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, headache, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis.