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Death toll of victims of mosquito-transmitted West Nile virus rises to 27

Five people died during the last week from complication of the West Nile infection increasing the number of victims to 27, Greece’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) said on Thursday.

the West Nile virus is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes.

Currently there are 26 people hospitalized with neurological complications of the disease like meningitis and encephalitis, with 11 of them to be intensive care units.

In its weekly bulletin, the KEELPNO said that a total of 234 inflection cases have been recorded since the beginning of  the mosquito season in 2018 until 20. September.

The majority of the cases has been registered in West Attica and specifically in the municipalities of Megara, Elefsina and Aspropyrgos.

While West Nile infections have been registered also in other regions of Greece among them in Central Macedonia.

This year saw an early onset of the virus incidents due to high temperatures and heavy rainfalls in early summer.

More infections are expected also in early October.

80% of the people infected have no symptoms, 20% an virus-born contribution. Only 1% suffers encephalitis or meningitis and these are mainly elderly with other health problems.

All the victims were above 70 years old.

The West Nile virus is transmitted by mosquitoes.

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

Mild symptoms are similar to flu with headaches, aching limbs and fever.

In worse cases, the Mosquito bite can cause encephalitis and meningitis.

Especially vulnerable are seniors and people with health problems.

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.

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