Five deaths from the West Nile virus have been recorded in Greece

A total of 47 cases of West Nile virus infection have been diagnosed since the beginning of the 2017 period, up to now, of which 28 had manifestations of the CNS, including encephalitis, meningitis, acute relaxed paralysis, and 19 had mild manifestations. Five deaths of virus-infected patients and CNS events, over 70 years of age, have been reported.

According to the Hellenic Center for Disease Control and Prevention (HCDCP), the cases have been recorded in people in the Regional Units of Greece in Argolida, Arkadia, Achaia, Rethymnon, Ilia and Corinthia.

HCDCP recalls the need for individual mosquito protection measures and stresses that “further incidents are expected to be diagnosed in the coming period, particularly with a view to sensitizing health professionals, and cannot exclude the occurrence of cases of West Nilevirus infection and other geographical areas”.

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