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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Australia : South Australia man dies from deadly mosquito disease Murray Valley Encephalitis

News from The Herald Sun :

" SOUTH Australian man has died of Murray Valley Encephalitis (MVE).

The Riverland man, 27, was taken to hospital with the mosquito-borne disease in March, and was one of two confirmed cases in South Australia this year - the first reported cases of locally-acquired MVE since 1974.

"Two confirmed cases of MVE have been reported in South Australia this year, the first reported cases of locally-acquired MVE since 1974," SA Health Chief Medical Officer Professor Paddy Phillips said in a statement.

"It is with deep sadness that we announce that one of the people who contracted MVE has died."

Professor Paddy Phillips said MVE is spread by mosquito bites and is not transmitted from person-to-person.

He said most people infected by MVE experience no or mild symptoms, but in about one in 1000 cases symptoms can worsen to include neck stiffness, tremors and seizures."

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