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Libya Denies Threat of West Nile Virus in the Country

The Address | Benghazi – Libya
Tripoli – The Libyan Ministry of Health denied on Thursday that the outbreak of West Nile virus reported in Tunisia poses a threat to the country.
Ramadan Osman, director of the Department of Monitoring, Research and Rapid Response at the National Center for Disease Control, explained that the probability of the spread of this disease in Libya is very low, due to way of transmission.

The West Nile virus cannot be transmitted through normal contact with a sick person, but it is transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitos, and Libyan desert conditions make it very difficult for the insects to survive in our territory, the director noted.

Osman visited surveillance sites, rapid response and monitoring teams at hospitals to report on any suspected cases from Tunisia.

According to the World Health Organization, the West Nile virus can cause fatal damage to the nervous system; it is usually found in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and West Asia.

The virus lives in nature through a cycle that includes transmission between birds and mosquitoes; it can infect humans and other mammals such as horses.

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