The results of further tests are pending before the cases can be confirmed as West Nile virus illness.
Half of the deaths were registered in Bucharest, with the other three being reported in Buzau, Braila, and Olt. "The blood test for West Nile virus takes more than a week to be confirmed, so we'd want to start treatment for other possible explanations", he said.
People infected with California serogroup viruses may have no apparent symptoms.
DHEC said most people infected with West Nile are bitten by an infected mosquito.
"It is very important that people take precautions to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites", advises Dr. Vaishampayan.
Checking doors and window screens for holes and gaps, wearing long trousers and long-sleeved shirts, and using mosquito repellent can help prevent against bites as well, they said. The CDC said that West Nile virus has been recorded in all states in the continental United States and Canada. About one in five infected persons will have mild illness with fever, and about one in 150 infected people will become severely ill.
"It's not nice", Zentner said of the body aches, muscle and joint pain, vomit, diarrhea, nausea and rash.
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The more serious form of the illness invades the nervous system and can lead to paralysis and death.
Apply insect repellents on exposed skin or clothing. Some people have symptoms of illness that may range from mild fever to encephalitis or mengioencephelitis, according to the health department. So, it is advised that if people experience any symptoms of West Nile Virus then they should immediately contact the nearest healthcare provider.
- Any containers that can collect water should be discarded or dumped daily.
Maintain window and door screening to help keep mosquitoes outside.
Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, and when pools are covered do not let standing water accumulate.
To protect yourself from the virus, it's recommended you wear light-coloured trousers and a long-sleeved shirt when outside.