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West Nile virus: 3 released, 3 remain in intensive care

THREE people being treated for the bird and mosquito-borne West Nile Virus (WNV) remain in intensive care while three others have been discharged from hospital, Health Minister Ali Pilli said this week.

West Nile virus: 3 released, 3 remain in intensive care

As previously reported, WNV caused the death last month of Hilmi Bolel, 62, a father-of-two and grandfather from Ötüken. Mr Pilli said that the three remaining patients were now “doing well” and that one had also regained consciousness.

The minister stressed that although no new cases of the virus had been detected, an island-wide battle with mosquitoes was continuing, including collaborating with TRNC municipalities to ensure effective spraying of breeding sites such as lakes and swampland.

It was has also announced this week that two new cases of WNV had been confirmed in South Cyprus.

Mr Pilli disclosed that a special breed of fish that feeds on mosquitoes was now being used to combat the disease-carrying insect, with some 500 “mosquitofish” being distributed in various breeding sites, including Gazimağusa’s Çanakkale Lake, in addition to spraying.

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