Winter Flu Kills 17, Say Greek Authorities

An outbreak of influenza has killed 17 people over the winter, the Greek authorities have revealed.

New data from the Greek Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) also says there is an epidemic of 2,000 reported measles cases, with fears certain sections of the population are at particular risk.

Now, the authorities are urging people to get vaccinated as only 10 percent of people hospitalized for ‘flu between November and March had been inoculated.

The number of measles cases increased to 1,976, KEELPNO claimed, an increase on the 1,500 measles cases recorded by Feb. 20 of this year.

The vast majority of victims are Greek citizens, mostly young children from Roma communities and people from the general population in the 25-44 age group who are not immune to measles.

Also, some non-vaccinated health professionals are among the victims.