Nile virus in Albania

11/08/2011 15:05

After several EU countries, including the neighboring Greece, Albania has recorded the first two cases of Western Nile virus.

The head of Infective Diseases Pavilion, Silva Bino, declared that the two patients aged respectively 40 and 45, from Lezha and Laçi, have been under intensive care at the Infective Hospital of the University Hospital Center “Mother Teresa” in Tirana, infected with the dangerous illness of meningoencefalitis.

According to Bino, besides the Nile virus, this summer has also brought the hemorrhagic “Kongo Krimea” fevers with the renal syndrome. Due to this inspection, one 40-year-old patient lost his life today at the University Hospital Center. The sources of this disease have been Burrel and Gramsh.

“Both of these diseases are based on vectors. The doctors are trying to fight the infection sources,” Bino declared.

Although the Public Health Institution has identified some dangerous areas in Albania, the local administration has done nothing for avoiding population infection from vector derived diseases.

The Public Health Institute added to the national vaccination calendar only two vaccines for the protection against bacterial meningitis, such as the pneumococcal vaccine and HIP.

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