Brits visiting Greece warned of rise in deadly West Nile virus spread by mosquitoes – The Sun

BRITS heading to Greece on holiday this year have been warned of an increase in cases of the deadly West Nile virus which is spread through mosquito bites.

Fifty Greeks died after contracting the virus last year, with another 266 people infected.

The spread of the West Nile virus has lead to the UK Foreign Office to update the travel warning for the three million British tourists that visit the country each year.

The FCO advised: "There were more than 300 cases of West Nile virus in Greece in 2018.

"You should consider preventative measures to minimise exposure to mosquitoes, for example using mosquito repellent when outdoors and closing doors or windows or using screens."

Transmitted by mosquito bites, 20 per cent of people who are infected will have flu-like symptoms, while one in 150 will have more severe symptoms, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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