Spain warning: Andalucia on red alert as 18 people catch meningitis from mosquito bites

Spain warning: Andalucia on red alert as 18 people catch meningitis from mosquito bites

Health officials in Andalucia have put the region on red alert after 18 people were struck down with the serious bug viral meningitis which is transmitted by mosquitoes. Sixteen have been admitted to hospital and five are in intensive care. The outbreak is in the province of Seville and so far concentrated in the Puebla del Río and Coria del Río districts which are within the Guadalquivir marsh area.

“If you use sun cream, apply it first, let it soak in for twenty minutes, and then apply the mosquito repellent.”

Further tests are being carried out on the 18 patients to see if they have contracted a more serious form of the virus, such as Nile fever or lymphocytic chorimeningitis.

Four have come back as negative.

The result of the other tests are currently being awaited.

Nile fever has a ten percent risk of death among patients with nervous system symptoms whilst lymphocytic chorimeningitis is usually transmitted by rats.

Meningoencephalitis also known as encephalomeningitis is an inflammation of the brain and its surrounding protective membranes.

It resembles both meningitis and encephalitis.

Both Coria del Río and Puebla del Río, with a total population of just over 40,000, are by rivers.

Those infected with viral meningoencefalitis suffer from body aches, diarrhea, fever, headaches, nausea.

It comes as Spain is currently experiencing a resurgence in coronavirus cases.

The country was removed from the UK’s “air bridge” list after localised outbreaks in Catalonia, Aragon and Navarra.

The country has recorded 376,864 cases at the time of writing, and over 28,000 deaths.

Additional reporting by Rita Sobot

Published at Thu, 13 Aug 2020 08:09:00 +0000