Bavaria: First human in Germany infected with West Nile virus – Panorama

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By red / dpa October 11, 2018 – 15:53 ​​In Germany, the West Nile virus has so far only been detected in birds. Now demonstrably, for the first time, a human being got stuck in this country. The vet from Bavaria has probably been infected in the investigation of a dead bearded owl.
According to LGL, the infection is asymptomatic in 80 percent of those infected

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Poing / Erlangen – For the first time, a person in Germany has been proven to be infected with the West Nile virus. The vet from Bavaria have been infected with high probability in the autopsy of a vermin died from a wild owl from a wildlife park in Poing (district Ebersberg) with the pathogen, informed the Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL) on Thursday in Erlangen. The veterinarian was ill shortly after the procedure on the West Nile fever, but now healthy again. A human-to-human infection is unknown. For a long time, the virus was found in Germany only in return travelers.

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In the dead little owl the dangerous West Nile virus had been detected in mid-September. In birds, the virus was detected for the first time in Germany at the end of August, namely a coot from a zoo in Halle / Saale.
The virus was first detected in 1937 in the West Nile region of Uganda. The mosquito-borne pathogen has not been native to Germany until now. 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. Recently, the Czech Republic reported 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 and is now also widespread in the United States. According to LGL, the infection is asymptomatic in 80 percent of those infected. Only about 20 percent showed mild disease symptoms such as fever and flu-like symptoms. In rare cases, severe infections can lead to death.

 
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