Three people infected with the West Nile virus died in the last 24 hours in hospitals in Athens. The victims were aged 70 and 80. They were all in intensive care units and died of health complications after infection with the mosquito transited virus.
From the beginning of the mosquitoes period end May/beginning of June until 9. August 2018, a total of 60 people were infected with the West Nile virus, Greece’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention KEELPNO said in a statement on Thursday.
48 people suffered encephalitis and/or meningitis and/or acute paralysis, 12 had a mellow form of the disease with fever.
The average age of the patients was 72 years old, with the youngest victim to be 13 and the oldest 89 years old.
The areas where the victims were infected are West Attica, North and Central Athens, Viotia, Evia, Thessaloniki and in the prefectures of Imathia, Pella, Corinth, Rethymno, Kilkis and Saronic Gulf.
In Central Macedonia alone, 19 people were infected with the West Nile virus.
KEELPNO urges authorities in Salamina and Troizinia-Methana Municipalities where the majority of infections have been recorded to inform citizens about protection measures.
Experts from the Greek Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) point out that more infections are expected in the areas above, while they do not exclude West Nile virus infections also in other geographic areas.
However, they emphasize that health authorities are on alert and the awareness of health professionals ensures early diagnosis and therefore the treatment of serious cases.
79 people from the disease between 2010 and 2014 that infected more 623 people in total.
West Nile virus can cause a fatal neurological disease in humans. However, approximately 80% of people who are infected will not show any symptoms. West Nile virus is mainly transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes. via WHO
If you are lucky the symptoms are similar to flu with headaches, aching limbs and fever.
If you are unlucky the Mosquito bite can cause encephalitis and meningitis.
If you are very unlucky, you are old and have already other health problems, better have your family rush you to the nearest hospital.
At high risk are people with advanced age, organ transplantation and diabetes.
People in the infected areas are advised to use insect repellents or creams, wear long trousers and sleeves in light-colors and stay indoors at dawn and dusk.