Malaria update for Greece

Last week, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the number of cases of malaria (all of whom are infected with the less dangerous vivax strain) increased by 14 cases for a total of 70 cases in the first nine months of 2012. Four of the new cases were infected locally while 10 were diagnosed in immigrants. Three of the new cases occurred in areas where malaria had not been previously identified, i.e., Xanthi, Viotia and Karditsa. There have been no cases registered in Athens, but cases have occurred in Evrotas, Marathon, Markopoulo, and Selino.

In general, anti-malaria medication is not necessary for travel to Greece. However, the CDC still advises travelers to Greece to take all necessary precaution to avoid mosquito bites. If travelling to the agricultural areas of Evrotas, then anti-malaria medication is recommended.

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