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Malaria Descends Upon Greece

Updated on November 14, 2012

By 1974, Greece had eradicated the scourge of malaria. But since 2009, because of the Greece economy and its lack of a government safety net in health, over 150 cases have been reported. Greece receives many Third World immigrants across its borders, there is no health check on them. Many may have malaria.

Greece's health system has been thrashed because of the debt problem and any advances up to 2009, are gone. Everything medical in Greece is in short supply or not present, so, if you go there, be prepared. Even the efforts to stem the malaria breakout has done little. The costs to vaccinate and checkup on its residents coupled with a shortage of drugs has failed. Greece has many perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes like the 20 mile marsh near the town of Skala, where the Evrota River meets the Aegean Sea.

When the malaria breakout first occurred, the Greek Government covered it up. It simply was not important enough back in 2008-9. The mosquitoes carry the parasite, Pvivax, and it can spread in close quarters. In 2011, because of economic woes, Greece stopped the aerial spraying of insecticides of marshes, which killed the mosquito larvae. Another plague is not far behind there, Tuberculosis, which has also been under reported by the Greek Government.

This is what happens to a civilized country when national debt forces it over the cliff into an abyss.


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      perrya 5 years ago

      this is what happens when the safety net is gone.

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      Philip Cooper 5 years ago from Olney

      I left Greece in the summer because I was quite scared at the decline of a once very good health system.

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      saitam 5 years ago from Lisbon

      Did not know things were so bad in Greece due to the latest events in Greece.

      In Portugal there is a raise awareness for Dengue Fever, due to the appearance of the disease in the island of Madeira that has a climate similar to regions where dengue is most present.

      Maybe Greece is also still suffering from a hot summer.