Nile fever ‘jumps’ in #Spain as deadly virus spreads to popular tourist ...

SPAIN holidays don't just have coronavirus to contend with. The deadly West Nile Virus - also known as Nile fever - is spreading in the south of the country and a new health alert has been issued.

PUBLISHED: 12:38, Sun, Sep 13, 2020 | UPDATED: 12:39, Sun, Sep 13, 2020

Spain is suffering from an outbreak of Nile fever. The virus has claimed three lives and infected 55 people. Now, it has spread to a popular tourist destination, prompting an official health alert.

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At least four cases have now been detected in the ancient port city of Cádiz in Andalucia.

This brings the number of people infected in the region to 55.

Half of the cases have been confirmed as Nile fever and three elderly people have lost their lives to the disease which can produce horrendous symptoms and is likened meningitis.

Confirmation tests are awaited on the others.

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spain holidays nile fever andalucia virus cadiz news latestSpain holidays: The virus outbreak has claimed three lives and infected 55 people. (Image: GETTY)

spain holidays nile fever andalucia virus cadiz news latestSpain holidays: At least four cases have now been detected in the ancient port city of Cádiz (Image: Getty Images)

The outbreak started in mid-August in the riverside towns of Coria del Río and La Puebla del Río and then spread to parts of Seville city 25 miles away.

It has now jumped another 65 miles to the coastal resort of Cádiz where an emergency meeting is to be held tomorrow with the mayors of the municipality.

All four of the people affected in Cádiz are in hospital and one is in intensive care.

Surveys are being carried out in the city to see which municipalities have been hit.

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Health chiefs say it is one of the country's worst outbreaks of Nile fever and drones have taken to the air in Seville to disinfect regions where the transmitting mosquito is breeding.

The regional government of Andalusia is spending nearly £100,000 on the measure.

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