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41 people die in Greece due to mosquito-transmitted West Nile Virus

The number of people who died of complications from the mosquito-transferred  West Nile virus has increased to 41, Greece’s Center for Disease Prevention and Protection KEELPNO said in its weekly report.

From the begin of mosquito period in 2018 until 13:00 on 18. October, 308 people were diagnosed to have been infected with the West Nile virus, KEELPNO said.

In 234 of the infected cases the virus had affected the central neurological system with encephalitis and/or meningitis and/or acute paralysis.

72 of the cases had smooth symptoms (fever) without neurological infection.

One of the cases was “imported”, that is infected in another European country during traveling.

Six people are currently hospitalized in Intensive Care Units and 7 outside ICUs.

41 people have died. The victims were above 63 years old, the statement said.

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.

KEELPNO was waiting for increase in the number of infections in early October.

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