The Hellenic Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) has reported dozens of malaria cases in 2016 to date with four cases being deemed “locally acquired”, according to the Greek news source, Kathimerini. The cases were identified as Plasmodium vivax.
At least 65 malaria cases have been reported in 12 cities, including the four locally transmitted. KEELPNO data reveals 50 cases were among immigrants from the Indian subcontinent or seven African states and 11 cases involved travelers returning from malaria-affected countries.
In all of 2015, 85 malaria cases were reported in Greece.
The increase in malaria has prompted health officials and the National Center for Blood Donation to ban donation in the affected municipalities.
Greece was declared free of malaria in 1972. Authothonous cases were diagnosed in 2009.
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