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Rabies back in Greece after 25 years!

5 December 2012

Dear Editors,

Disorganized health services, absence of wildlife vaccinations and lack of funds have made Greece lose its rabies-free status after 25 years! [1][2][3][4][5]

Millions of tourists, that visit Greece every year, might choose a different destination next year, after reading international rabies warnings. [1][4]

The amount of the economic damage to Greeceā€™s tourism industry could rise to several billion pounds.

If big numbers of Greek farmers and villagers are vaccinated against rabies, blood donated in Greece could be at risk for Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). [6]

References

[1] https://www.nathnac.org/pro/clinical_updates/rabies_greece_231012.htm

[2] http://www.jordbruksverket.se/swedishboardofagriculture/engelskasidor/an...

[3] http://www.defra.gov.uk/animal-diseases/files/poa-rabies-fox-greece.pdf

[4] http://www.hpa.org.uk/webw/HPAweb&HPAwebStandard/HPAweb_C/1317136644107

[5] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WekgncedavY

[6] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2352896/

Competing interests: None declared

Stavros Saripanidis, Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Private Surgery, Thessaloniki, Greece

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