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West Nile infections in Greece rise to 278; total deaths 26

The number of West Nile virus infections in Greece rose to 278, with the last ten cases to have been recorded in the last seven days, National Public Health Organization (EODY) said in its weekly bulletin on Tuesday.

The number of total deaths since the start of the year stands at 26.

EODY reported that of those 278 reported cases, 180 were severe, with patients developing serious illnesses like encephalitis and meningitis, which affect the central nervous system.

The other 98 had mild symptoms like a fever that did not affect the central nervous system.

The virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, has also claimed 26 lives in Greece since the start of the year. All of the victims were 61 years old or above, with the average fatality age at 85 years old.

According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, about 80% of West Nile virus infections in humans are asymptomatic.

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