Concern over increase in malaria cases in Greece

Malaria transmission was officially eliminated from Greece in 1974. Only sporadic cases, often imported from other countries, have been reported since 2008. However, there has been a recent increase in cases with a total of 65 infected people this year, 61 of whom were refugees from outside the country. Four people acquired their infection from local mosquitoes.

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