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Greece Battles Malaria Comeback Four Decades After Elimination

Greece, declared free of malaria almost 40 years ago, is battling to prevent the mosquito-borne disease from making a comeback as local transmission has resurfaced in the past two years.

Outbreaks of locally transmitted malaria since 2011 in the regions of Laconia and East Attica are making it urgent to increase surveillance and take mosquito control measures to eliminate the risk of the disease becoming re-established, researchers from the Hellenic Center for Diseases Control and Prevention wrote in the journal Eurosurveillance yesterday.