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Filippiada: Hepatitis in 3 refugee children halts school enrollment program

Three children from the refugee camp in Filippiada in Epirus, North-Western Greece, have been found to have been infected with the hepatitis virus, type A. The children were hospitalized with symptoms in the Arta where laboratory tests showed that they were infected with Hepatitis A.

The findings resulted into the temporary halting of the school enrollment program of refugee children in the area.

Greek Health authorities consider the infection due to the number of infected children as “not an epidemic phenomenon” however they ordered the vaccination of children up to 15 years who live in the camp Petropoulakis.

Authorities stress the need of precaution measures like washing hands after using the bathroom and before touching food – to avoid contamination.

Refugee children attend public schools in the afternoon hours.

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