Date: Thu 25 Jul 2019
Source: Xinhua [edited]
The number of people infected by the West Nile virus in Greece has risen to 10, the National Public Health Organization (NPHO) announced on Thursday [25 Jul 2019].
According to NPHO, 5 cases were recorded in only the past 5 days, while the 1st confirmed case was in late June . There [have been] no deaths linked to the virus so far.
It noted that the patients were all over 50 years old. The cases were reported in areas of northern Greece, while the Attika region was just added to the list.
The virus is reported to use wild birds as a main reservoir and was passed to humans via mosquito, rather than from or between infected humans.
Greek experts advised the public to take precautions against mosquitoes. The higher risk group that may exhibit more symptoms [includes] elderly people, patients with a suppressed immune system, and those with chronic illness.
In 2018, a record of 316 people were infected by the virus in the country, resulting in 50 fatal cases.
Date: Thu 25 Jul 2019
Source: ECDC [edited]
Between [19 and 25 Jul 2019], 7 human cases [of West Nile virus; WNV] have been reported in Greece (5), Italy (1) and Romania (1). All cases are reported from areas that have had human cases reported in the previous transmission seasons. Romania reported one death this week.
Additionally, during the same period, no equine outbreak of WNV has been reported to the Animal Disease Notification System.
Since the beginning of the 2019 transmission season and as of [25 Jul 2019], 13 human WNV infections have been reported in EU Member States and EU neighbouring countries by Greece (10), Romania (2) and Italy (1). One death has been reported by Romania so far.
In addition, 2 equine outbreaks have been reported in Greece to the Animal Disease Notification System.
[The West Nile virus activity is on the rise with a number of cases reported from Greece and also from Romania and Italy. Keeping in view the high number of cases detected in 2018, continued viral, animal and entomological surveillance can help in planning and implementation of preventive and control measures. - ProMED Mod.UBA]