Malaria cases in Greece may become a problem

Decades after eliminating malaria, the disease may be returning. In the past, each year there have been reports of approximately 50-60 cases of malaria in persons who acquired their infection in other countries. So far this year, there have been 40 cases detected, but at least 6 of these did not travel outside of Greece. This means their infections were acquired from locally infected mosquitoes.

Travellers to Greece are generally at low risk for acquiring malaria. Nevertheless, they can reduce their risk of exposure to malaria by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Depending on the location of reported cases, anti-malaria medication may be recommended.

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