The number of deaths caused by West Nile virus in Greece so far this year has risen to six, according to the weekly report by the National Health Organization (EODY), which was published Wednesday.
The report said the number of cases of the mosquito-borne virus recorded since June was 49 - 14 in the last week alone. The six people who died were all over the age of 60.
The Athens Medical Association (ISA) has expressed concern about the spread of West Nile virus and is urging the public to take all necessary precautions.
In a statement, it noted that there were 316 reported cases of the mosquito-borne infection last year, and that 50 of them were fatal. Most of the deaths, it said, were recorded in Attica.
On 12 July 2019, a disinsection campaign along the Danube will be launched, said the press office of the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency. The affected areas along the entire Danube will be treated through aerial spraying of insecticides. The first mosquito spraying will take place in Kozloduy Municipality.
Disinsection campaign along the Danube starts today. The destruction of the insects will take place through the ubiquitous spraying of the affected areas along the whole Danube River. The campaign will be carried out by aviation treatment aimed at the mass destruction of mosquitoes and the prevention of the spread of human and animal diseases in these risky regions.
Heralding the start of the mosquito season in Greece, the country's new National Organization for Public Health (EODY) - which replaces the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) - on Thursday urged the public to protect themselves and their families from West Nile and other diseases transmitted by mosquitoes.
The spread of West Nile, a virus carried by mosquitoes that has claimed 44 lives since appearing in May, is on the wane, according to the Center for Disease Prevention and Control (KEELPNO), with no new infections being reported in the last week.
Since its outbreak in the spring, 312 people have been infected by West Nile, making 2018 Greece's worst year for the virus on record.