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27 November 2012 09:30
Outbreaks of malaria in Greece have already been reported in the southern regions of Lakonia and East Attica
Scientists in Athens claim action is urgently needed to counter recent outbreaks of malaria in Greece.
Several cases of the illness have been discovered in the southern regions of Lakonia and East Attica, exposing the country to a possible re-establishment of the disease.
Researchers at the Hellenic Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (HCDCP) have consequently warned that stricter controls need to be put in place as to avert such a scenario.
Measures such as insecticide spraying, eliminating standing water and tracking mosquito populations as well as people infected with the disease should be introduced by the Greek authorities, said the scientists.
A total of 75 cases of malaria have been reported in the country this year, of which 16 were contracted locally.
Visitors to the worst-hit region, Evrotas, are advised by the American Centre for Disease Control to take antimalarial pills. It is also a good idea for travellers to protect themselves with
medical travel insurance.
HCDCP experts said a coordinated effort was under way to stop malaria returning to Greece, where it was once endemic but officially eliminated in 1974.
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