West Nile, Veneto cases rise to 70 (with 6 deaths) How can we manage to protect ourselves? symptoms and rules

VENICE – The virologist Giorgio Palu he had said: ‘A progressive expansion of the endemic outbreak of Western Nile“. The figures published yesterday by the region confirm this in the light of this The balance recorded in Veneto rises to 70 cases of infection, 28 of which are in the form of fever and 42 of neuroinvasive diseases. In addition, in the Bulletin of Arbovirosis there is not only this virus, since they are also counted 10 patients with dengue, 2 with Tuscany e 27 con Tbethat is, transmitted by the bite of mint.


West Nile in Veneto

Regional West Nile virus data updated to Thursday said more than half of the cases were found in the province Padova (40) followed by Treviso e Rovigo (9), Venice (7), Vicenza (3) e.g Verona (2). So far there have been 6 victims, all males with an average age of 82.2 years. The clinics of the general practitioners are inundated with requests, says Domenico Crisarà, Paduan secretary (and deputy national councilor) of Fimmg: “Every day we receive dozens of messages, emails, phone calls from patients asking for advice or being alerted by suspicious symptoms. What worries citizens the most is West Nile, although the numbers are much more limited than Covid infections. The risk of aencephalitis (definitely less than 1%, ed.) is very scary ».

mosquitoes how to kill them

The Department of Prevention of the Region highlights the very favorable context for the spread of the virus due to the environmental and climatic situation: “The lack of rain, which causes a slowdown in the flow of water in rivers and canals, leads to the formation of stagnations that are the environment great for mosquitoes; the same mosquitoes that find less water in the sparsely populated areas approach the houses where they more easily find stagnations where they can multiply; Finally, the climate and the spring temperatures allowed the mosquitoes to start reproducing very early in the spring ». In the past few days, an extraordinary meeting of the regional intersectoral table was held, in which the measures activated by the municipalities and the Ulss were exchanged. “In addition to the sanitation plans and the reinforcement of the maintenance of the green spaces, stressed Councilor Manuela Lanzarin, a wide-ranging information activity, also addressed to the citizens, is essential to raise awareness of the issue and disseminate the behaviors, which must be implemented for your own protection and to avoid the spread of mosquitoes. The meticulousness of the monitoring will certainly allow us to always have the situation updated and under control ».

How to protect yourself from the Nile virus

The technicians have compiled a list of recommendations. To limit the spread of mosquitoes: do not leave objects and containers where rainwater can collect, in any case empty them daily and cover them tightly; carry out a correct disinfestation of the larvae in manholes, drains and ditches. To avoid insect bites: wear light, light and opaque clothing; Use repellents that are applied directly to the skin and repeat the treatment with appropriate frequency, including on clothing, to increase the protective effect. Put close-meshed mosquito nets on doors and windows, and use electric sprayers for liquid or flake insecticides. The dengue fever virus is also transmitted by mosquitoes.

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