Greece Tourists Warned Against Mosquitos Amid West Nile Virus

Grant Boone
June 21, 2019

WNV is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. Last year, more than 300 mosquitoes tested positive for the illness at that time, and one person died.

While most visits are "trouble-free", the British Foreign Office has exhorted that: "There were a number of cases of West Nile virus in Greece in 2018".

Tourists to Greece have been advised to consider preventative measures to minimise exposure to mosquitos due to an outbreak of West Nile virus.

With the country poised this year to receive 31 million visitors - nearly three times its population - steps are being rigorously enforced to control infection outbreaks.

Danai Pervanidou who heads the workplace for vector-borne diseases at the national association for general health (Keelpno) told the newspaper: "There have been enough cases to know that this is now a public health issue".

"Personal protective measures to reduce the risk of mosquito bites include the use of mosquito repellent in accordance with instructions indicated on the product label and wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants".

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates about one in 150 people can develop a serious illness as a result of WMV.

The department said one death was reported a year ago due to West Nile complications, and 11 Idaho counties reported finding mosquito pools that tested positive for the virus.

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Public health officials will spray the area soon, in the 77007 ZIP code. Symptoms often include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash.

Thirty people citywide suffered from neuroinvasive effects past year, with six in Brooklyn, according to the Health Department.

Awareness-raising programmes for medical professionals have been stepped up with information leaflets distributed to airports as well as municipal and regional authorities nationwide.

They add that if you notice symptoms when you get home, make sure to tell your GP where you've been travelling.

Six people across the city came down with West Nile Fever, including one in Brooklyn.

West Nile virus is spread by the insects after they have fed on the blood of infected birds.

The most effective way to control mosquitoes is to eliminate any standing water, the Health Department says.

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