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West Nile virus: Foreign Office issues warning – should you avoid travelling to Greece?

Blog note. Jesus indicated that ‘fearful sights’ (various natural disasters) would occur leading up to the time known as the Tribulation and Great Tribulation (a combined seven year period of great destruction on earth). Although these types of things have occurred in the past for centuries and thousands of years, they could be identified as the ‘season of the times’ due to the ferociousness of these events. They would be occurring in greater intensity, severity, frequency, size, duration, scope … just like the pains that a woman experiences in labor the farther along she is in the labor process. We are in the ‘season of the times’ that comes just before the seven (7) year Tribulation/Great Tribulation period
… And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (Luke 21:11).
… And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; (Luke 21:25)
… Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken; (Luke 21:26)
… This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2 Timothy 3:1)
Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. These verses are several of many such prophecies from throughout the Bible. 2017 was the worst year in recorded history for the intensity, frequency, severity, duration and occurrence of a large number of severe natural disasters worldwide. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, torrential flooding, unprecedented wildfires in unusual places, devastating droughts, excessive/scorching heat setting records everywhere, record snowfalls in Europe and Russia. Snow in the Arabia. This list can go on. Most studied Eschatologists believe these ‘fearful sights’ and massive natural disasters are all part of the ‘CONVERGENCE’ of signs that this Biblical and prophetic age is closing. Most people who study prophecy are familiar with the routine reference(s) made that these things will be like a woman having labor pains, growing in intensity, frequency, size and duration.

West Nile virus: Foreign Office issues warning – should you avoid travelling to Greece?

THE FOREIGN OFFICE has issued a new travel warning for Greece, as British holidaymakers are urged to prepare before they visit the country. Should people avoid travelling to Greece?

By LIAM DOYLE PUBLISHED: 19:48, Tue, Jun 18, 2019 | UPDATED: 15:50, Thu, Jun 20, 2019.

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Greece was subject to a deadly outbreak of West Nile Virus in 2018, which infected more than 300 people. The mosquito-borne disease killed 50 people during the early start of ‘transmission season’ during the summer. Now, UK authorities have warned people to prepare as the possibility of a similar outbreak lies on the horizon.

Mosquitos favour hot, damp weather conditions to breed, meaning they are most common during spring and summer.

Last year these conditions were particularly pronounced in Greece, and cases of West Nile Virus rose as mosquito populations exploded.

With the possibility of this happening again, the Foreign Office has released advice on travelling to Greece.

There is currently no vaccine for West Nile Virus, and all measures against the disease are purely preventative.

Mosquitos are the only method West Nile Virus has to spread, with no person-to-person capability.

The Foreign Office advises people should take “preventative measures” if they intend to travel to Greece this summer.

They say tourists should make use of mosquito repellent while outdoors and keep entryways closed while indoors.

Danai Pervanidou, from the Greek public health organisation Keelpno, said outbreaks of West Nile Virus are likely to become a regular feature of summer every year.

He said: “There have been enough cases to know that this is now a public health issue.

“The virus has established itself in Greece through migratory birds, and we are recommending that everyone takes personal protective measures such as wearing long sleeves, avoiding places with stagnant water and using mosquito nets and repellent.

“Just as in winter when we expect an outbreak of influenza, in summer we now have to expect cases of West Nile fever. We have to be prepared.”

Most people who contract West Nile Virus present no symptoms, and it goes away without treatment.

Some people develop mild flu-like symptoms such as nausea and fever, and in rare cases, the progression can become severe.

Those with a compromised immune system such as the chronically sick, young and old are most likely to feel severe symptoms.

These include:

– Muscle weakness

– Confusion

– Fits (seizures)

The full and most severe symptoms of West Nile virus, which develop in one in five people include: 

– Fever

– Tiredness

– Headache

– Neck stiffness

– Paralysis

– Muscle weakness


– Coma

– Tremors

– Convulsions

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