A total of 26 people in Croatia have been diagnosed with the West Nile virus (WNV) this year  and one has died, the Croatian Institute of Public Health announced on [Mon 3 Sep 2018].
Since last week, the institute has received 10 new reports of the disease, which is most often transmitted by infected mosquitoes and birds. The victims all came from the northwest and eastern parts of the country.
According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, by [30 Aug 2018] there were 710 cases of WNV infections in Europe. Most of them in were in Italy (327), Serbia (243) and Greece (147).
Croatian news portal index.hr reported on [Mon 3 Sep 2018] that at least 20 people in Croatia who have been diagnosed with the virus were infected in Croatia.
WNV can cause neurological disease and death. The virus 1st appeared in Croatia in 2012 and since then 38 people have been infected. However, only a small percentage of the infected has been recorded, as the disease is usually mild and goes without any symptoms.
It is estimated that 80 percent of infected people have no symptoms while others develop a disease with flu-like symptoms such as high temperature, headache, sickness, and vomiting. Only 1 percent of infected people are hit by a heavy fever that usually leads to meningitis or encephalitis. [Byline: Mu Xuequan]
[In 2012, the 1st outbreak of human WNV neuroinvasive disease was reported in Croatia with 7 confirmed cases in 3 north-eastern counties . In addition, acute asymptomatic infections in horses were noted in the same counties where human cases occurred .
All the cases of the West Nile virus infection in 2018 have been reported in the north-western and eastern regions of the country 
Vector surveillance and control measures can be helpful in reducing the burden of WNV and other vector borne diseases such as Dengue and Chikungunya.
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Zagreb, June 28, 2018 (AFP) - Croatian authorities arrested a young British man Thursday on suspicion of stabbing to death another Briton on a popular party island in the Adriatic, in what local media said was a drug-related brawl between British gangs. "We have identified the person suspected of committing the killing ... and the suspect was arrested this morning at the airport in Split", on the central Adriatic coast, Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic told reporters. A police statement identified the suspect as a 25-year-old British man. The victim was a 26-year-old British tourist who was killed at dawn Wednesday on the resort island of Pag. Two other Britons were hurt in the alleged brawl on a beach, famous for parties. One of them suffered life-threatening stab wounds and was hospitalised while a third British tourist sustained minor injuries, hospital sources said.
The Jutarnji List paper -- which identified the victim as Ugo W. and said surveillance cameras recorded the fight -- reported Thursday that the "young men clashed over an area where they were selling drugs." Croatia's northern island of Pag, particularly the town of Novalja and Zrce beach, is well known as a summer party destination for young tourists, many of them British. Tourism is a major industry for Croatia where visitors flock to its stunning Adriatic coast, with more than 1,000 islands and islets. Last year the country of 4.2 million people welcomed more than 17 million tourists. Among them were more than 750,000 British visitors.
Date: Wed, 27 Jun 2018 18:12:03 +0200
Zagreb, June 27, 2018 (AFP) - A British tourist was stabbed to death outside a nightclub on a popular Croatian party island at dawn on Wednesday in what the local media said was a brawl between British gangs.
Two other Britons were hurt in the fight on a beach on the Adriatic resort island of Pag, one of them suffering life threatening injuries. Police said they were questioning several people over the incident, which occurred on Zrce beach at around 05:35 am (0335 GMT). Surveillance cameras recorded the "fight between two British gangs" and police have identified those involved, the Jutarnji List paper reported online.
Police did not give further details about the brawl or the British tourists, although the state-run HINA news agency reported that the dead man was 26 years old. "Unofficially, it was a fight between a group of young Brits," it said. Another 26-year-old Briton suffered several stab wounds. "He is stable now but his life is still in danger," said Edi Karuc, deputy head of a hospital in the coastal town of Zadar, quoted by HINA. A third British tourist sustained minor injuries.
The northern island of Pag, particularly the town of Novalja and Zrce beach, is well known as a summer party destination for young tourists, many of them British. Tourism is a major industry for Croatia where visitors flock to its stunning Adriatic coast, with more than 1,000 islands and islets. Last year the country of 4.2 million people welcomed more than 17 million tourists. Among them were more than 750,000 British visitors.
Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2017 20:05:31 +0200
Zagreb, Aug 21, 2017 (AFP) - Croatian firefighters and armed forces were fighting dozens of wildfires on Monday along the Adriatic coastline and on the popular tourist islands of Hvar and Brac, officials said. The situation was most severe in the mountains around the mainland city of Zadar, where 32 fires have broken out since late Sunday, according to Slavko Tucakovic, chief commander of Croatia's firefighters.
The authorities closed part of the highway linking the capital Zagreb with the second largest Croatian city of Split. Local media reported that some drivers, fearing the fire, turned their cars around and drove in the opposite direction. A dozen jets and helicopters were trying to bring the fires under control, with some 100 soldiers along with firefighters from other regions sent to help. Strong winds were making the job more difficult, Tucakovic said. "We have to... group our forces and move them from one settlement to another to defend houses as fire breaks out," Tucakovic told local media. One fire threatened a suburban army barracks but was kept under control, he added.
Other blazes broke out near the coastal city Sibenik, where several people were reported to have been evacuated from a hamlet overnight Sunday. The forest fire on Hvar could be seen from Split, local media reported, but there were no reports of towns or villages being in danger on the islands. According to Tucakovic, the causes of the fires were a long drought and strong winds, but also the "irresponsibility of people who, intentionally or not, caused a number of fires".
Soaring temperatures and tinder-dry forest floors across southern Europe have led to a rash of devastating wild fires, notably in Portugal, where 64 people died in a massive inferno in June. This summer's fires in Croatia are among the country's worst in several years, with 83,000 hectares (205,000) of forests damaged -- double the area burnt in 2012, Tucakovic said. In neighbouring Bosnia, firefighters were on Monday struggling to defend three villages near the southern town of Mostar that were endangered by one of several active wildfires in the area. Army helicopters were unable to help owing to the strong winds.
Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2017 18:14:52 +0200
Zagreb, July 10, 2017 (AFP) - The mayor of Croatia's popular party resort island of Hvar has pledged to put an end to debauchery by mostly young British tourists and improve their behaviour by slapping them with huge fines. "Save Your Money and Enjoy Hvar" read signs put up at the weekend at the entrances to the town's centre, graphically detailing offences and the corresponding fines, local media reported. The highest 700-euro ($797) fine is for public drinking, eating or sleeping. Other unwelcome behaviour includes tourists walking around in swimsuits in Hvar's centre risking a 600-euro fine while those not wearing T-shirts will pay 500 euros. Newly-elected mayor Rikardo Novak had earlier pledged he would "make decent" young tourists visiting the biggest town on one of the most popular southern Croatian islands. "They are vomiting in town, urinating on every corner, walking without T-shirts ... crawling around, unconscious," Novak told local media in June announcing measures to change such habits. "Young tourists are welcome, but they will have to learn how to behave here."
His reactions were sparked also by articles in British tabloids which described the Croatian island destination as a "place of Sodom and Gomorrah." Last month the mayor of Novalja, on the northern island of Pag, also complained about young mostly British tourists visiting his town. Mayor Ante Dabo warned notably against what he called their "primitivism, nakedness and drunkenness." Like Hvar, Novalja in the past several years has become known as a summer party destination for young tourists. Tourism is a major industry for Croatia where visitors flock to its stunning Adriatic coast,with more than 1,000 islands and islets. Last year the Balkan country welcomed nearly 16 million visitors, far outstripping its population of 4.2 million.