Brit holidaymakers warned of alarming rise in deadly mosquito virus in Greece

Greek authorities are now treating it as a “public health issue”.

Danai Pervanidou, of The Hellenic Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (Keelpno), said: “The virus has established itself in Greece through migratory birds and we are recommending that everyone takes personal protective measures such as wearing long sleeves, avoiding places with stagnant water and using mosquito nets and repellent.”

The West Nile virus has spread in Europe due to warmer summers which helps mosquito breeding.

A 2018 Lancet report said: “There is still a bit of a mindset that mosquito-borne diseases tend to be a tropical issue, actually they are coming much closer to home these days.”

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