Five people died and 70 patients in Serbia have contracted the West Nile virus so far, Serbia's Public Health Institute said on its website on Tuesday.
The highest number of the confirmed cases so far has been in Belgrade, 30. The patients’ age varies from 22 to 84.
The first case of West Nile Virus (CDC), a viral infection typically spread by mosquitoes, was confirmed in Serbia in the summer of 2012 and a total of 574 cases (including 61 deaths) have been registered in the country since then, the Institute said.
It added that 288 cases of the virus were reported in European Union member states and neighbouring countries in 2017 alone.
The Institute recommends the use of insect repellents as a preventive measure against the mosquitoes’ bites.