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West Nile Fever

Last Modified: Fri, 25 May 2018 12:31:57 IST
Disease name West Nile Fever
Animal Health Law Category if applicable E
Species affected Multiple(not specified)
Definition 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
Contact Sally Gaynor SSVI
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