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At least six doctors in major public hospitals in Athens infected with measles

At least six doctors working at major public hospitals in Athens have been infected with the measles virus  as new cases of the highly contagious disease are been recorded in Greece on a daily basis.

According to information of  news website in.gr, all infected doctors were born after 1970, which means that they were either not vaccinated at all or had only one dose of the vaccine that was in use at that time – and not two as nowadays.

Greece’s health authorities have been alerted over the 160 cases of measles that have been reported in the last four months.  Sixty cases were reported in the last 17 days. it should be noted that there were only two cases of measles in Greece in the past three years.

Health authorities warn of  “epidemic exacerbation” and urge those who were not vaccinated to shield themselves against the virus and the highly contagious disease.

There is a special vaccination call to doctors and teachers.

According to Greek Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) 166 cases of measles have been recorded by 21. Sept in the current year.

Measles are on the rise also in Greece and health authorities point to a spike in infections cases in the last four months. Alone in Corinth, in north-eastern Peloponnese, 18 children were hospitalized and some of them were transferred to hospitals in Athens due to the severity of the cases. “We are in a phase of  epidemic outbreak,” Greek health professionals warn.

A similar spike in measles cases has also been reported in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Romania. According to KEELPNO, 14,000 cases and 41 deaths have been recorded in Europe for the time 2016-2017.

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4 comments

  1. “this highly contagious disease”

    Oh please – don’t tell me that you actually believe this rubbish.

  2. Ken Roger Lindekleiv

    Measles is a higly contagious disease that some people actually think is not dangerous. Those are usually the same people that think that the earth is flat, that the moon landings were faked, etc etc. They are conspiracy nuts that for some reason dont want to take part of the miracle that is modern medicin and what it has given us. If it wasnt so dangerous to the population at large, I wish these people could just get all the vaccine preventable diseases and die off. They are toying with the health of humankind because of conspiracy theories.

  3. I myself had measles when I was a child. Almost all children in the 60ties had it like all the other “kids-diseases” that were said to be more dangerous for grown-ups. Once you had it you are immune for life.
    Measles are surely highly contagious (like many others no matter harmless or not), but I think it is always a good idea to consider all pros and contras of any type of pharmaceutical treatment. Just think of contergan, which was also considered to be safe…
    I am not speaking against vaccination in general, I am glad to be vaccined against tetanus, polio etc. but beside the medical aspects the economical and business aspects of pharma-industry must not be neglected.

  4. As someone who also had measles as a child I would strongly urge everyone to be vaccinated. The disease left me almost blind in one eye and with difficulties with coordination and balance. I could easily have died Why take the risk? By having the vaccine you help prevent the spread of the disease to those who are unable to protect themselves in this way as well as ensuring your own health.