Death toll of West Nile virus rises to 10 in Greece

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ATHENS, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- The death toll of the West Nile virus has risen to 10 in Greece so far this year, with 96 reported cases, the National Public Health Organization (EODY) announced in a report on Thursday.

All casualties concerned patients older than 50 years old, according to EODY's data. Four deaths were recorded in the past week.

Greek experts reiterated advice to the public to take precautions against mosquitoes.

The West Nile virus is transmitted mainly via bites by infected mosquitoes.

Most people face mild symptoms, but some -- in particular those belonging in high risk groups, like the elderly -- end up hospitalized with more serious conditions, such as encephalitis or meningitis.

The West Nile virus was first detected in Greece in 2010. A total of 262 confirmed cases and 35 deaths were recorded.

No cases were recorded in 2015 and 2016. In 2017 the country reported five fatalities.

Last year 316 people were infected by the virus in the country, resulting in 50 deaths. Experts cited inadequate mosquito control programs. Enditem

[ Editor: Shi Ruoqi ]