Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018

Two elderly hospitalized with West Nile fever in Sardinia


(ANSA) - Cagliari, September 7 - Two elderly people were
hospitalized in grave condition Friday having contracted West
Nile virus in Cagliari, on the Italian island of Sardinia.
Both were transferred Friday morning to the intensive care
unit of the Santissima Trinita' di Cagliari hospital after their
conditions worsened.
One patient, 79, is a resident of the town of Nurachi on
the western coast of Sardinia.
The other patient, 83, lives in Narbolia, also on the
western coast of Sardinia, about 10 kilometers south of Nurachi.
Roughly 20% of those infected with West Nile virus develop
West Nile fever, according to the United States Center of
Disease Control.
Symptoms include fever, headache, tiredness, body aches,
skin rash on trunk of the body, and swollen lymph glands.
Approximately 1 in 150 develop severe disease that can lead
to high fever, stupor, coma, tremors, convulsions and paralysis.
Severe symptoms occur more often in the elderly and people
with compromised immune symptoms.

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