Malaria On The Rise In Greece After Migrant Surge

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Greece has been forced to suspend blood donations after a spike in cases of malaria, believed to have been brought over by the large influx of migrants who have entered the country. So far, 12 municipalities have out of 325 have banned blood donations, with authorities fearing the infectious disease could spread to both locals and tourists during the height of the summer. Athanassios Tsakris, professor of microbiology at the University of Athens, told reporters: “Drastic measures have to be taken to avert this strain from taking hold within the domestic population. The screening of migrants must also intensify.” The Times reports that at least 65 cases of the disease have been recorded so far this year in Greece, compared to 85 cases in whole of last year. Malaria had been eradicated in Greece in the 1970s, but new cases have emerged in the past four years as large numbers of migrants arrive in the country. So far, 61 of the cases reported this year were people who had brought malaria into the country, while four contracted the disease within Greece. The disease is generally found in Africa and the Indian subcontinent. A row broke out when the Greek health