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West Nile Fever

Last Modified: Fri, 04 Nov 2016 10:26:46 GMT
Disease name
West Nile Fever
Species affected
Multiple(not specified)
West Nile Fever (WNF) is a mosquito-borne virus that can circulate amongst birds (main reservoir host), but can also affect humans and horses. Since the 1990¿s WNF has become an important human and veterinary pathogen in Europe, the Americas and the Middle East. WNF in horses (and other mammals) will cause fever and severe neurological disease (weakness, paralysis, convulsions) Approximately 80% of infected humans will display no clinical signs, 20% will have flu like symptoms and a very small number (
Status in Ireland
Disease absent
Date of Last known case of disease in Ireland
Never reported
DAFM Division Responsible
NDCC & Border Inspection Posts
Sally Gaynor SSVI
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