The Sanitary Authority of Greece warned residents and tourists about the spread of West Nile Fever. The deadly virus is not transmitted from person to person, the virus is carried by a mosquito bite.
The Greek Ministry notes that last year the country already faced this form of the disease. Then the historical maximum of the number of people with West Nile fever was recorded. This figure reached three hundred people. Fifty people who diagnosed this disease in themselves died last year in Greece.
The first symptoms of fever are easily confused with the first signs of flu. Fever can not be won by vaccinating people, experts argue that it passes by itself. However, in special cases, the disease can lead to convulsions and meningitis, which subsequently ends in death.
The number of people affected by West Nile fever has led the health authorities in Greece to believe that this disease poses a threat to public health. As a preventive measure for the disease, local authorities recommend that residents and guests of the country use protective repellents and other means against mosquito bites, wear as much as possible closed clothing, avoid places with standing water and, in general, be more careful.
For the first time, West Nile fever was discovered in the 1930s in the territory of African Uganda. Currently, the fever has gone beyond the African continent – it can be found in warm European countries, as well as countries in Asia and the Middle East. In order to diagnose this disease in yourself it will take from three to fourteen days. However, most infected people (about 80%) have no fever symptoms.