Seventeen people have died from the West Nile virus in Greece after being bitten by mosquitos, according to the country's Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
Symptoms include fever, headaches, tiredness, body aches, nausea and vomiting. The Athens Medical Association has called on the Health Ministry to implement a plan to deal with the spread of the virus.
Some 130 incidents have been reported from around the country, mainly in Attica and Central Macedonia, but in other parts of Europe too.
"This year we had more cases occurring much earlier compared to previous years, and that is a phenomenon happening in other European countries too," explained Dr. Danae Pervanidou from the centre.