Scientists urge WHO to take immediately action on combating Zika virus

Scientists have urged the World Health Organisation to learn from the Ebola outbreak and take immediately action on combating Zika virus warning it has ‘explosive pandemic potential’.

The US experts claim WHO has still not taken a leadership role in dealing with the Zika pandemic and advised it convene an emergency committee of disease experts.

Dominican Republic confirms 10 cases of Zika virus

The Dominican Republic said on Jan. 23 that it has 10 confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, the ailment suspected of causing serious birth defects in newborns.

Altagracia Guzman, the Caribbean country's health minister, said lab testing of samples sent to the United States had confirmed Zika in 10 out of 27 suspected cases. 

West Nile virus situation in Serbia "under control"

The situation in Serbia when it comes to the West Nile virus is "absolutely under control," the Clinic for Infective and Tropical Diseases director has said.

Dr. Miomir Pelemis told the state broadcaster RTS on Thursday morning that so far the infection was confirmed only in one patient - and that he died - "but had the most difficult form of the disease." mosquitoes

Greece reports first West Nile virus case this year

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) on Wednesday confirmed the first case of West Nile virus in Greece this year.

According to KEELPNO, laboratory tests confirmed that an 85-year-old Greek man has been infected with the virus, which can be fatal.

The man is a resident of Attica and has not traveled to other parts of the country, KEELPNO said.

No confirmation of West Nile virus

No confirmation of West Nile virus

BELGRADE -- The latest report of Belgrade’s Institute for Biocides and Medical Ecology gives no confirmation that mosquitoes in Serbia carry West Nile virus (WNV).

This is the case despite the May flooding and high humidity that provides these insects with favorable breeding conditions.

Mosquito plague even prevents them from going to the store

Residents of Kovin fear the Vest Nile virus Mosquito plague even prevents them from going to the store

KOVIN: Residents of Kovin haven’t been able to leave their homes for days, because they are afraid of mosquitoes, which are besieging the town in swarms. Mosquito spraying hasn’t been organized yet.

Warm winter, rainfall raise West Nile virus concerns

A mild winter and long spells of rain have raised fears of a reappearance of West Nile virus, which claimed 35 lives last summer.

Georgios Konstantos, a public health expert at the Attica Regional Authority in charge of spraying, told Kathimerini that his department started spraying in early April in order to curb mosquito numbers ahead of the summer.