ATHENS, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- Greek health authorities reported the first victim of the West Nile virus this summer.
The deceased was an 81-year old man living in the outskirts of Athens, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) director Jenny Kremastinou said on Thursday.
The victim had poor health prior to his infection with the virus, according to doctors.
According to KEELPNO, this year a total of 35 cases were reported across Greece. Most cases (20) were reported in Athens and its suburbs with symptoms of encephalitis or meningitis.
Most patients have left the hospitals, and currently just two are hospitalized.
The West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne disease which can cause severe inflammation of the brain and other fatal diseases. In many cases patients have milder symptoms of fever and headache.
KEELPNO experts advise the public to take measures to ward off mosquitoes, such as use insecticides and wear clothes with long sleeves that cover the most parts of the body in areas with many mosquitoes.
Outbreaks of the virus are connected with high temperatures. A total of 161 cases of West Nile virus were reported in 2012 in Greece.