Low levels of malaria transmission continue in Greece

Since the first case of malaria was identified in Greece in May 2011, an additional 63 cases have been recorded. Thirty-three of these cases were Greek citizens without travel abroad, meaning that their infections were acquired locally. Almost one-half of the cases (27) are reported from the area of Evrotas. The remaining cases (30) were reported in migrant workers from countries where malaria is common. The last reported case in a Greek citizen was on October 18th.

Although the risk to travellers for exposure to malaria is low, travellers in this region should take all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Anti-malaria medication is not considered necessary at this time.

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