Malaria Outbreak Notice for Greece

Published by November 30, 2012

According to the Centers for Disease Control, cases of malaria continue to be reported in the Greek cities of Evrotas, Marathon, Markopoulo, and Selino. Those traveling to these regions are urged to take preventative measures to avoid contracting the disease.

Purchasing travel insurance with emergency medical benefits may also be beneficial, as it can help counter the costs associated with seeking emergency medical treatment while traveling.

Malaria is spread through the bite of infected mosquitos. Those who have contracted the disease often experience fever, chills, and other flu-like symptoms. If left untreated, severe complications of the disease can cause death.

The CDC recommends taking precautions to prevent mosquito bites by using an insect repellent including DEET, Picaridin, or lemon eucalyptus oil, wearing protective clothing, and staying in screened or air conditioned rooms.

Travelers who experience malaria symptoms while traveling should seek medical treatment immediately. For up to one year after return from traveling to regions with a malaria outbreak, take all fevers seriously. For more information on the malaria outbreak in Greece, visit the CDC here.