Spraying in some areas has just begun, too late to get the mosquitoes before they start spreading.
During the past few years, mosquito populations in Greece have gone wild with specialists recording, mainly within the past three years, much bigger Culex mosquito populations along with West Nile virus mosquitoes.
There is little epidemiological surveillance for West Nile virus in the country’s hospitals, given that budgets cuts included as well specific microbiological tests over the virus’ certification.
Back in 2012 some outbreaks were recorded in Attica, in Thessaloniki, Chalkidiki, Pella, Imathia, Kavala, Aetoloakarnania and Evia. The West Nile virus also made some new appearances last year in Xanthi, Drama, Achaia, Lefkada, Corfu, Samos and Arta.
KEELPNO analysts highlight that the above areas mentioned are in red alert, in terms of contamination risk for their residents, but do not exclude the possibility of an aggressive appearance of the virus in new areas without such background.