First case since 2014

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The Cen­ter for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion (KEELPNO) said that the first case of the West Nile Virus has been con­firmed in Greece this year. The watch­dog said that no cases of the virus in hu­mans had been recorded in 2015 and 2016. The per­son who has con­tracted the dis­ease lives in an agri­cul­tural area in Ar­gol­ida, the Pelo­pon­nese. KEELPNO said that it is not pos­si­ble to pre­dict where the virus may ap­pear. and ad­vised res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to pro­tect them­selves against mos­qui­toes, which carry the dis­ease. Spo­radic cases of the dis­ease in hu­mans have oc­curred in Europe since the 1960s. It was first de­tected in Greece in 2010, when 262 peo­ple con­tracted the dis­ease, 35 of whom died.

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