West Nile Virus appears in Taiz

West Nile Virus appears in Taiz

Alsahwa Net- An official of the Yemen’s health ministry declared on Saturday appearance of the West Nile Virus (WNV) among population of Taiz city, south west Yemen.

It is the first time the WNV disease reported in Yemen, the official noted.

He said that the virus reported recently in several areas of Taiz governorate.

The WNV can cause a fatal nervous disease in humans and it is primarily transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Cases of the WNV infection was confirmed among a number of people in public health centers of Taiz while they were receiving treatment of suspected dengue fever infection, according to the health official.

Common WNV infection is generally found in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, North America and West Asia, according to the WHO.

At the global level, the first case of the disease was reported in 1937, in the West Nile district of Uganda.

In Yemen, the disease is still new, however, it still not reported yet how many people had it.

The WHO say that 80 percent of people infected with the WNV show no symptoms.

However, about 20 percent of WNV infected people can suffer from fever, headache, tiredness, and body aches, nausea, vomiting, occasionally with a skin rash and swollen lymph gland, according to the WHO.

The Ministry of Health Office in Taiz sprayed an insecticide fog throughout Taiz city in an attempt to control the vector.

The spread of the WNV aggravates the already worst health situation in Taiz as ten people died recently of the dengue fever that reappeared in various areas of the governorate.

About 10,000 people were reported suspected dengue cases since the beginning of this year until early November, according to the local health sources.

The spread of epidemic diseases in Taiz comes amid deteriorated health services caused by the ongoing nationwide- armed conflict that contributed to the outbreak of many infectious diseases.

Yemen experiences a five-year war between the government forces and the Iran-backed Houthis militia that controls northern part of the country including the capital Sana’a.

Saudi Arabia started in March 2015 a military campaign to restore the government and end the Houthis’ rebellion.

The United Nations (UN) estimates that the fighting claimed lives of nearly 70,000 people since early 2016 until June of this year.


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