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Saturday, August 27, 2011

UK : Holidaymakers warned after six struck by malaria in Greece

Via Daily Mail, excerpt :

" Holidaymakers travelling to Greece have been warned to protect against mosquito bites after six people were struck by malaria.

The cases - five Greek adults and a Roma child - have all been reported since June this year and were seen in people who had no history of travel to a country where malaria is common, according to the Health Protection Agency (HPA).

There have been no deaths and all six patients are recovering, an agency spokeswoman added.

The cases were identified in the districts of Laconia, in the south of the Peloponnese peninsula, and the island of Euboea, east of the Greek mainland - areas of marshy wetland where mosquitoes are common.

The Greek authorities have stepped up malaria surveillance in these areas, intensifying local mosquito control programmes and raising awareness among doctors and the general public.

Health officials warned that holidaymakers should take precautions to avoid being bitten."

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