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    Posted: June 28 2018 at 10:58pm
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West Nile virus has infected 4 people in Greece

The number of people in Greece that have contracted the West Nile virus has risen to four, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) said on Thursday.

According to reports, the youngest patient is 23 years of age while the eldest is 66.

KEELPNO said the patients most likely contracted the virus, which is carried by infected mosquitoes, in the region of Megara, western Attica.

All four patients showed symptoms of problems with the central nervous system – mainly manifestations of encephalitis, aseptic meningitis or meningoencephalitis.

One of the patients has already been discharged.

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West Nile Virus Kills Three People in Greece
Monday, 13 August, 2018 - 06:00
The Center for Disease Prevention and Control in Greece announced the death of three people from the West Nile Virus (WNV) in the last 48 hours. An official statement said the victims ranged in age between 70 and 80, and died of complications caused by the virus transmitted through a mosquito type.

The Greek center (KEELPNO) noted that usually people struck with the virus show minor symptoms or don’t show any. However, if the WNV reaches the brain, it may lead to death or cause meningitis and other brain diseases.

Since the beginning of the mosquito season in late May, 60 cases have been reported, with 48 of them suffering from brain disorders, while 12 others showing mild symptoms, and only suffering from fever.

Medical sources said that 16 people are currently in hospitals, with four in the intensive care unit. Attica, which includes Athens and its suburbs, and the central region of Macedonia in the north are among the most affected cities.

The Greek authorities warned of more cases and urged the municipalities of the affected areas to raise awareness among citizens on taking the necessary precautions.

The medical authorities advised people living in such areas to use insect repellent and wear full body clothing, as well as to stay away from open spaces during dawn and sunset. The most vulnerable are the elderly as well as those who have undergone organ transplants or people with diabetes.

As reported in the Greek Medical Center statement, WNV infections recorded an early outbreak this year, and said it may appear in different geographical areas in the country. The authorities are using media outlets to provide health awareness to citizens and visitors.

Source:   https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1361786/west-nile-virus-kills-three-people-greece
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