Two dead, 68 ill from West Nile virus outbreak, Israel says

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Israel’s health ministry on Friday said two people have died and 68 others have taken ill as a result of outbreak of the West Nile virus.

West Nile virus is a viral infection typically spread by mosquitoes. In about 75 per cent of infections, people have few or no symptoms.

Infected people develop a fever, headache, vomiting, or a rash.

The two people killed by the virus were 85 and 75 years old and had been dealing with other unidentified illnesses, the ministry said.

It added that the 68 other people, who have been infected with the virus are mostly elderly people or those, who suffered from other ailments beforehand.

A similar outbreak in Greece has killed 11 people and affected 96 others, the country’s Centre for Disease Prevention and Control confirmed on Thursday.

The ministry added that most cases had been reported on the Peloponnese peninsula and west of Athens.

Symptoms of the West Nile virus include fever, headache, vomiting and rashes. Recovery can take months.

The risk of death among those with a prior health condition is 10 per cent.

(dpa/NAN)

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