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Parliamentary questions
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17 September 2018
Question for written answer E-004676-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Nikolaos Chountis (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Spread of the West Nile virus epidemic
 Answer in writing 

The West Nile virus epidemic in Greece is spreading fast, with 21 deaths, 14 people in intensive care units and 178 patients with serious complications.

The Hellenic Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) estimates that infected mosquitoes are found in 57 municipalities in the country, while the geographical spread of the virus shows that populations without immunity have been affected, making them more vulnerable to possible infection.

These facts have caused concern in several countries, which have issued travel advisories on the subject.

The Medical Association of Athens, among others, has pointed to the need for extra beds in intensive care units, and for a sufficient blood supply to be ensured since a large proportion of blood donors who live in the areas with cases have been barred from giving blood. Other EU Member States are also being affected by the virus.

In view of the above:
Can the Commission give details on the spread of the virus in Member States over time?
Does it consider that the relevant bodies in Greece (the Government, the regions, KEELPNO) have been quick enough to take the correct measures in accordance with international scientific protocols? If so, has there been a check on the success of the measures taken?
In the case of Greece, how can efforts be stepped up, taking into account the observations and warnings by scientific bodies?
Original language of question: EL 
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