West Nile virus makes comeback

A man living near Karditsa was identified on Wednesday as the first victim of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus in Greece this year.

According to the Hellenic Center for Disease Control and Prevention (HCDCP) the patient is suffering from a mild case of encephalitis and is being treated in a Larissa hospital, state health officials said.

The potentially fatal virus claimed the lives of 37 people last year.