SEP 04, 2018 5:34 AM PDT

West Nile Virus Shows Up in Greece

West Nile virus can cause severe neurological symptoms and can even result in death. It’s common in horses and birds are natural hosts, but don’t become infected. For horses, there is a vaccine available, but no vaccine to prevent the disease in humans exists. People can get the disease from mosquitoes that carry the disease, and while many patients might not even realize they have it, in others, it causes weakness, flu-like symptoms, nausea and in more serious cases, West Nile fever and West Nile encephalitis. Recently in Greece, there was an outbreak of West Nile. 130 cases were reported from around the country, and 17 patients have died. 

In 1996 there was a massive outbreak in Romania and every summer since there has been an increasing number of cases in central and southern Europe. The recent spate of cases in Greece came earlier than usual and has been especially virulent. Only about 1 in 150 patients will develop a more dangerous form of the disease, and these are usually medically vulnerable patients with other health issues or the elderly.  In the outbreak in Greece, all of the patients who died from the disease were over 70 years of age. Public health officials in Greece are working to contain the spread of West Nile, but advise those who must spend time outdoors where there have been cases to wear protective clothing and insect repellant. 

About the Author
  • I'm a writer living in the Boston area. My interests include cancer research, cardiology and neuroscience. I want to be part of using the Internet and social media to educate professionals and patients in a collaborative environment.
You May Also Like
DEC 05, 2019
Earth & The Environment
DEC 05, 2019
Scientists Get a Closer Look at "The Plastisphere"
Plastic litter is a global problem, and some of the tiniest culprits are not visible to the naked eye. These microplastics have infiltrated the world's...
DEC 08, 2019
Plants & Animals
DEC 08, 2019
What's Inside a Pufferfish May Surprise You
Pufferfish are among one of the most easily discernable fish in the ocean, especially when inflated. But do you know how these little fish are able to expa...
DEC 10, 2019
Plants & Animals
DEC 10, 2019
The Real Reason Why Flamingos Are Pink
Flamingos are highly discernable birds best known for their bright pink appearance and long, thin legs. But have you ever wondered why these birds are the...
JAN 06, 2020
Plants & Animals
JAN 06, 2020
Every River Leap a Proboscis Monkey Makes Could be its Last
Leaves are one of the most essential components of a proboscis monkey’s diet, and in some cases, getting to the tastiest leaves means taking an enorm...
JAN 21, 2020
Space & Astronomy
JAN 21, 2020
Here's Why SpaceX Blew Up a Falcon 9 Rocket in Mid-Air
SpaceX completed a substantial milestone for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program this week, an undertaking that involved one of the commercial space compa...
FEB 10, 2020
Space & Astronomy
FEB 10, 2020
Learn How NASA Suppresses the Loud Sounds of a Rocket Launch
When a large chemical rocket’s engines ignite, they produce thousands, if not millions, of pounds of thrust. This much power is necessary to loft the...
Loading Comments...