West Nile virus is transmitted by mosquitoes. Infection does not usually cause any sickness. However, mild and transient flu-like symptoms sometimes occur. In rare cases, infection can be serious and affect the brain or meninges. This is more common in older people or people with a weak immune system.
We advise the use of mosquito-repellent measures starting at sunset when staying in an area where the virus is circulating.
A weekly update of the current transmission season and affected regions is available on the site of 'European Center for Disease Prevention and Control'.
Because the virus can also be transmitted through blood transfusions, you are not allowed to donate blood until four weeks have passed after your return from an affected region.
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