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Two Die of West Nile Virus in Greece

west nile virusTwo people have died of encephalitis caused by West Nile virus in central Macedonia in Greece, said the minister of health Christos Patsalides, adding that so far there have not been any cases reported in Cyprus.

The disease is not passed on from person to person, but is caused only by mosquito bites, said the ministry in a statement.  In general, people are advised to protect against mosquito bites by using insect repellants and wearing long-sleeved shirts and trousers.

There is no cause for concern for the public, said the minister.

In Greece, authorities have stepped up mass spraying campaigns to reduce the number of mosquitoes in the north of the country.

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