The British Government (GOV UK) is fast off the blocks to inform us at Brits in Crete of their latest Greece Travel Advisory noting the first incident of the West Nile Virus for this Summer in the country. The GOV UK's advisory said on Aug 14 that this mosquito carrying disease has claimed its first victim in Greece this year. This was just one day after Greece's own Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) confirmed the first incident of West Nile Virus.
KEELPNO's version said the first Greek suffering from an infected mosquito bite is an 85-year-old from Attiki. He had not travelled outside his local area. His condition was not stated, just he was in hospital.
KEELPNO expresses concern at the growing threat across Greece from this disease that was first reported in 2010 in the country when 35 deaths were recorded from 262 cases. By last year 2013 there were 86 cases, of which 11 were fatal.
Matala Music Festival 2014 is upon us, Friday, Saturday and Sunday - June 20, 21 and 22. No matter your age if you like the carefree life and good hard music, then this throw back gathering to the days of the hippies and flower power reprises for yet another year. More than 80,000 devotees of folk, guitar and rock are expected to descent on this south coast beach resort in Crete. The festival motto: "Today is Life, Tomorrow Never Comes". The weather forecast looks to be great - Clear Skies meaning wall-to-wall sunshine. So if you are Living on Crete be part of a week end of a total experience and meet like-minded folks of all ages. Bring your suntan lotion.