Numerous unreported viral diseases spreading in Sweden - watch out
Saturday, 07 September 2013
There is a reported outbreak of a viral disease in Sweden known as the
Ockelbo disease. It is a known viral disease, spread by mosquitoes but
the nature in which it is occurring this year makes it worrying.
Already it is reported that 100s of people could have been hit
around the Västerbotten County area where the rare viral disease known
as the Ockelbo disease has been identified spreading among residence in
19 cases have been reported and have been confirmed within the
Västerbotten area and it I said that the disease this year has been
found much further north of the country than normal.
"What we're seeing is just the tip of the iceberg, we estimate that for
every diagnosed case there are hundreds of undiagnosed," said Clas
Ahlm, professor of infectious diseases to Swedish television.
Scientists have no clear answer to what causes the disease, which
causes severe joint pain, rash and fever. Birds and mosquitoes are said
to be the disease carriers but Clas Ahlm think that this years is
characterised by a major contamination because even unusually a good
number of birds are infected. Similar patterns have also been observed
across the border in Finland
Of the approximately 50 samples analyzed at the Norrlands University Hospital, so far 19 cases have been identified.
Consolingly, Chief medical officer, Urban Kumlin of the Swedish disease
control says that the viruses are not life threatening but the victims
may have serious health problems. The infection is spread through
mosquito bites and people picking berries in the woods or on elk are at
Therefore, the strongest advice is to avoid mosquito bits. Cloths and
repellents are advised to be used as aid to keep the blood sucking
by Scancomark.com Team
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