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Health hazards rise in Greece flood zones




A total of 48 people in the regions that experienced severe flooding were reportedly diagnosed with gastroenteritis and respiratory infections on Wednesday, according to amna.gr.

A total of 1,396 people visited the 26 National Health System centre in the region to be examined after experiencing medical symptoms.

Specifically, 48 people in the areas of Larissa, Magnissia, Trikala, and Karditsa were diagnosed with gastroenteritis and 65 with respiratory infections.

Health hazards rise in Central Greece from extreme flooding. Photo: New York Times.

Alternate Health Minister Irini Agapidaki provided the lists of towns where water is safe to drink in a briefing at the Coordinating Operations Center in Larissa.

The water supply in Volos, southern Mount Pelion, and Palamas is not safe for human consumption. 

Minister Agapidaki said a concentrated effort for pest inspections are underway.

In earlier statements, the minister had warned the public of health hazards in flood waters in homes, since the overflow carried dead animals and the threat of infections.

Source: amna.gr

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