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Travel Med Infect Dis. 2013 May-Jun;11(3):178-80. doi: 10.1016/j.tmaid.2013.02.007. Epub 2013 Mar 27.

Paediatric malaria in Greece in the era of global population mobility.

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Department for Interventions in Health-Care Facilities, Hellenic Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 3-5 Agrafon Street, Athens, Greece.


We reviewed the medical records of children admitted because of malaria to four tertiary-care hospitals in Greece during 1972-2002. A total of 21 cases were found, including 20 (95.2%) diagnosed during 2003-2012. Sixteen (76.2%) children had been in a malaria-endemic country within a median of 50 days before the onset of their symptoms. Main causes of travel were immigration to Greece and to visit friends and relatives (VFRs). A considerable epidemiological shift of paediatric malaria occurred in Greece during the past decade, which is attributed almost exclusively to the increase of immigrants and travellers VFRs.

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