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Italian authorities deny that climate change has brought malaria back to its shores

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39091.600938.DB (Published 11 January 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:65
  1. Fabio Turone
  1. 1Milan

    Italian health authorities have denied claims that malaria is once again endemic in their country, calling the recent press reports that have suggested a return “baseless and irrational.”

    A report on global warming published by the Italian environmental organisation Legambiente has sparked fears of a re-emergence of malaria in Italy, receiving coverage in newspapers (Guardian, http://environment.guardian.co.uk/climatechange/story/0,,1983892,00.html; Times, www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-2534982,00.html) and on the internet.

    Giancarlo Majori, head of the unit on vectorborne diseases and international health at the Higher Institute of Health (Istituto Superiore di Sanità) in …

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