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3 West Nile virus, which is spread by mosquitoes, has killed two people in Seville Credit: Getty Images - Getty Pablo Barreiro, an expert in infectious diseases, today warned it could spread to the whole of Spain. He said: "Only about two to five per cent of the cases present symptoms. A second person who was being treated at Seville's Virgen del Rocio Hospital died on Friday, taking the death toll from the current outbreak of the virus to two. 3 West Nile virus could spread across Spain to other tourist spots, experts say West Nile virus (WNV) is spread by mosquitoes and was discovered in Uganda in 1937. Most people infected with the virus, around 80 per cent, show no symptoms at all.
However, some will experience flu-like symptoms including headaches and a fever. In severe cases – less than one per cent – infected patients can go on to develop severe neurological problems including meningitis, encephalitis and paralysis, which can result in death. The area's town hall said yesterday: "Today mayor Juan Manuel Valle has been informed a person from Los Palacios and Villafranca has been hospitalised with meningoencephalitis caused by West Nile Virus. "This has been confirmed officially with the relevant health authority and with the person's relatives." Insisting the virus could spread across Spain in the future, especially in the hot summer months, Mr Barreiro said prevention based around the regular use of mosquito repellent was the most effective solution. Most read in News TO CATCH A CHEAT Furious wife beats and strips her husband's suspected mistress in the street - but crowd does nothing Pictured 'LOVE YOU!' Martin Compston's wife says their marriage would've been illegal 53-years-ago Revealed Moore than I could have hoped for Sun's Jane Moore splashes out £3,800 on face treatments OVERCOOKED Woman's shock as oven door EXPLODES & leaves glass everywhere after making cakes FLOOR-LESS Mums are totally revamping their homes using £40 lino from B&M Exclusive ROXY BOXING Rocky saved me after breakdowns almost ended my life, says Roxanne Pallett The current outbreak is the worst on record in Spain's southern Andalucia region, which includes popular Brit holiday areas like the Costa del Sol and is the most populated of the country's regions with nearly nine million residents.
Eight of the 23 patients who have been admitted to hospital are said to be in intensive care. What is the West Nile virus? The West Nile virus is most often spread to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. There are currently not any vaccinations to prevent or treat the virus. The virus is not spread through coughing, sneezing, or touching Around one in five people who catch the virus will present with a fever.
About one out of 150 infected people who catch the virus develop a serious, sometimes fatal, illness affecting their central nervous system. Symptoms of a severe illness include high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, headache, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis. People can reduce their chances of catching the virus by using insect repellent and wearing long-sleeved clothing and long trousers. Regional health chiefs have ordered a massive fumigation of the area most affected, the wetlands of the Guadalquivir River in the municipalities of Coria and La Puebla del Rio near to Seville. But overnight it emerged a resident of a third municipality, Los Palacios y Villafranca, had been hospitalised with an inflammation of the brain known as meningoencephalitis after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Its town hall said in a statement released on Saturday: 'Today mayor Juan Manuel Valle has been informed a person from Los Palacios and Villafranca has been hospitalised with meningoencephalitis caused by West Nile Virus. 'This has been confirmed officially with the relevant health authority and with the person's relatives.' Claiming the virus could spread across Spain in the future, especially in the hot summer months, Mr Barreiro said prevention based around the regular use of mosquito repellent was the most effective solution. West Nile Virus, spread by the Culex mosquito, first reached Spain in 2004 with horses being most affected. The current outbreak is the worst on record in Spain's southern Andalucia region, which includes popular Brit holiday areas like the Costa del Sol and is the most populated of the country's regions with nearly nine million inhabitants. Elderly people and those with underlying health conditions like diabetes and cancer are most at risk, but it can cause meningitis in children. Wetlands and swimming pools in countryside areas have been identified as the places where the mosquitoes carrying the virus are most likely to be found. A ferry crosses the Guadalquivir river in Coria del Rio in southern as the government continues to fumigate the area following an outbreak of the West Nile virus Two people rest next to Guadalquivir River in Spain as regional health chiefs order a massive fumigation of the area most affected A total of 39 people, one more in 24 hours, are suspected cases of having the Nile Fever virus, caused by the bite of the mosquito, in the area of Coria del Río and La Puebla del Río (Seville), which has already, unfortunately, caused the death of two people. The Ministry of Health and the Junta de Andalucía has reported this Saturday that the number of positive samples for Nile fever is 26 and that the number of confirmed cases is six. Experts had warned that the Nile Fever could spread throughout Spain. Spain has reported this year's first death due to the West Nile virus, a mosquito-borne infection, officials said. Spanish TV network Telecinco said in a report on Friday that the victim, a 77-year-old man from the town of La Puebla del Rio, died on Thursday night, reports Xinhua news agency. According to the report, the patient had been in intensive care in a hospital near the town, where he was receiving treatment for several days. A total of 35 people have so far been infected in the biggest West Nile outbreak ever detected in the country's southern region of Andalusia, according to the El Pais newspaper. The outbreak mainly affected two towns in Andalusia — La Puebla del Rio and Coria del Rio — both located on the banks of the Guadalquivir River. The virus is spread by mosquitoes, which are common in the area given the proximity to the river.