News Local Cooperation to fight West Nile virus in buffer zone

Cooperation to fight West Nile virus in buffer zone

Following outbreaks of West Nile virus in the Republic of Cyprus and in the occupied territories, the UN will help efforts to tackle mosquitoes — which carry the virus — in the buffer zone.

The United Nations and the bi-communal Health Committee will also provide help and additional information on future potential virus outbreaks, both in the Republic of Cyprus and in the occupied areas, Health Services Director Albertos Karis said.

He also said that there are two confirmed cases in the Republic of Cyprus, both in the Nicosia area. Both patients are in the eighties.

“The incidents were located in two areas relatively distant between each other (Strovolos and Pallouriotissa), so they are definitely not connected.”

One of two people infected is in critical condition, while the other is improving, said the Director of Medical and Public Health Services, Elizabeth Constantinou, who chaired the meeting. Both patients are hospitalized at the Nicosia General Hospital.

There are currently six cases recorded in the occupied territories.

Karis stressed that the disease “is not transmitted from human to human but only through the bite of an infected insect to a healthy human being and that serious consequences only occur in the elderly and in those with weakened immune systems.”

Read more

Top Stories

EU, Turkey cautiously eye improved ties after tough 2020

The European Union and Turkey have pressed each other to take concrete steps to improve relations long strained by disagreements over energy, migration and...

TV audience for Biden inauguration tops Trump’s viewership four years earlier

Roughly 40 million people watched live coverage of Democrat Joe Biden's inauguration as U.S. president on six TV networks, according to Nielsen data released...

EU to tighten travel curbs for virus hot spots as third wave fears mount

The European Commission has proposed to EU leaders identifying "dark red" coronavirus hot spots from which all but essential travel would be discouraged after...

President Anastasiades says slow rollout of EU vaccines a problem

President Nicos Anastasiades has pointed out the problems Cyprus is confronted with because of the slow rollout from the EU of Covid-19 vaccines. This is...

Cyprus’ revised 2021 budget approved by marginal majority

Cyprus’ revised 2021 budget was approved by marginal majority on Thursday evening allowing the government to deal with the crucial economic fallout from the...


Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...


No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...