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Irina Marica
Senior Editor

Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing irina.marica@romania-insider.com.

 

Romania records first West Nile virus death in four years

A 79-year-old woman from Ialomita died after being infected with the West Nile virus, according to the Ministry of Health. This is the first case of West Nile virus death reported in Romania in the last four years.

“The woman was admitted to the hospital on July 28 with a complex pathology, and died a few days later,” Health Ministry spokesman Laurentiu Colintineanu told local Mediafax.

The woman suffered from other diseases as well, and her body couldn’t deal with the infection, he added.

Romania previously registered cases of infection with the West Nile virus in 2015 when two people, a man and a woman from Buzau County, were hospitalized with moderate or mild forms of the disease.

The West Nile virus is most commonly transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. Most people infected with this virus will have no symptoms, and about one in five individuals who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms, according to information posted on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. Less than 1% of infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, neurologic illness.

Some of the most efficient ways of reducing the risk of being infected are using insect repellent and wearing protective clothing to prevent mosquito bites. There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent West Nile virus infection.

Three cases of Zika infection were confirmed in Romania in less than a month. The most recent one was reported at the end of July.

Irina Popescu, irina.popescu@romania-insider.com

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Irina Marica
Senior Editor

Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing irina.marica@romania-insider.com.

 

Romania records first West Nile virus death in four years

A 79-year-old woman from Ialomita died after being infected with the West Nile virus, according to the Ministry of Health. This is the first case of West Nile virus death reported in Romania in the last four years.

“The woman was admitted to the hospital on July 28 with a complex pathology, and died a few days later,” Health Ministry spokesman Laurentiu Colintineanu told local Mediafax.

The woman suffered from other diseases as well, and her body couldn’t deal with the infection, he added.

Romania previously registered cases of infection with the West Nile virus in 2015 when two people, a man and a woman from Buzau County, were hospitalized with moderate or mild forms of the disease.

The West Nile virus is most commonly transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. Most people infected with this virus will have no symptoms, and about one in five individuals who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms, according to information posted on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. Less than 1% of infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, neurologic illness.

Some of the most efficient ways of reducing the risk of being infected are using insect repellent and wearing protective clothing to prevent mosquito bites. There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent West Nile virus infection.

Three cases of Zika infection were confirmed in Romania in less than a month. The most recent one was reported at the end of July.

Irina Popescu, irina.popescu@romania-insider.com

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