West Nile virus kills 17 in Greece

West Nile virus kills 17 in Greece

Seventeen people died from the West Nile virus in Greece after mosquitos, according to the Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

Symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, body aches, nausea and vomiting. Athens Medical Association asked the Ministry of Health to implement a plan to deal with the spread of viruses.

Some 130 incidents were reported nationwide, mainly in Attica and Central Macedonia, but also in other parts of Europe.

"This year more cases were happening much earlier than in previous years, and this is also a phenomenon that occurs in other European countries," explains Dr. Danae Pervanidou from the center.

"We started early and there was a big rise in cases. There was a major epidemic in Romania in 1996 and because we have cases in European countries."

Approximately 80% of people who contract the virus will not show any signs; the fifth viral infection shall develop; and 1% will develop encephalitis or meningitis.

"He came to Europe through birds," said Dr. Pervanidou. "The birds that carry the virus, birds, corrupt birds are coming from Africa."

Experts are proposing that people take appropriate measures to protect themselves.


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