Concern Grows Over Measles Epidemic in Greece
The president of the Hellenic Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) Theofilos Rosenberg expressed concern about the measles epidemic in Greece.
“The epidemic does not seem to stop as there are populations with insufficient vaccination coverage,” he said in an interview with the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (AMNA) on Tuesday.
Rosenberg stressed the importance of vaccination, especially for people living in or working in closed communities and hoped that “mobilization and vaccination across the country will set the epidemic under control, so that mandatory vaccination will not be enforced”.
He explained that people believe that measles is a childhood illness, as “adults are less likely to be infected with measles, but it is more severe than children,” adding that about 30 percent of measles cases will present one or more complications.
To date, as reported by KΕELPNO, more than 1,500 cases of measles have been recorded in Greece, with a higher occurrence in the southern part of the country.
The vast majority of victims are Greek citizens, mostly young children from Roma communities and people from the general population in the 25-44 age group who are not immune to measles. Also, some non-vaccinated health professionals are among the victims.
Overall, three deaths from laboratory-confirmed cases of measles have been recorded so far in Greece.