Greece's Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, KEELPNO, have confirmed the number of cases of West Nile virus in Greece has risen to 14. To Vima
reports that a second person has died from the disease, a 77-year-old cancer patient. His death follows that of a 75-year-old man who died after contracting the virus from mosquito bites.
Earlier this month Digital Journal
reported KEELPNO took the precaution of quarantining blood supplies in infected areas. Nevertheless, some of the reported cases of West Nile virus have been linked to contaminated blood transfusions in critically ill patients with already compromised immune systems.
The prevalence of the disease in Greece came to international attention when Voula Papachristou was kicked off the Greek Olympic team in disgrace on Wednesday, following a racist tweet
. The athlete tweeted "With so many Africans in Greece, the West Nile mosquitoes will be getting home food!!!"
Meanwhile KEELPNO predicts that the threat of West Nile virus will disappear by October or November as mosquitoes will pose less of a problem in cooler weather.