Emergencies preparedness, response

2002 - Acute respiratory syndrome in Greece - Update

26 April 2002

Disease Outbreak Reported

The Greek Ministry of Health and Welfare has reported that preliminary laboratory results suggest that the etiologic agent associated with the outbreak in Greece (see previous report) belongs to the enterovirus family.

The health authorities have provided instructions on personal hygiene and as a precautionary measure closed all schools for 3 days before the planned Greek Easter holidays.

WHO recommends no special restrictions on travel or trade to or from Greece.