Greece Acts Like a Battlefield as New Ebola Threat Spreads

Europe’s contagious new Ebola outbreak has spread from Guinea to at least five other countries. The cluster has brought worries that the new E. Ebola virus could then spread from there to other parts…

Greece Acts Like a Battlefield as New Ebola Threat Spreads

Europe’s contagious new Ebola outbreak has spread from Guinea to at least five other countries.

The cluster has brought worries that the new E. Ebola virus could then spread from there to other parts of Europe. As of this writing, 23 people have died. There have been 56 cases, 33 of which are confirmed.

The E. Ebola virus is much different from the others. It is deadly and a threat to a small number of people. If it escapes the protective measures in Africa and reaches Europe, where many have not been vaccinated against it, dozens, if not hundreds, could be severely ill.

To deal with this new Ebola, Greece added new restrictions on the travel of the unvaccinated, not the vaccinated. “It is inevitable that emergency measures will be adopted to contain the virus if cases appear on the island of Lesbos,” a Government statement said.

The most affected is Kos. On Wednesday, just one day after its initial decision to exempt the unvaccinated, it reversed its course, banning all new business, including the one that brought flocks of tourists to Kos. What’s worse, there are separate high-risk or medium-risk restrictions for people traveling on boat trips.

“Any tourist who arrives, re-enters Kos on a boat, or moves to, or remains on, the island has to get vaccinated before going to medical facilities that admit people for check-ups or treatment,” a health official said.

But it is not a sure bet that Greek authorities are able to contain the outbreak. Greece struggles to keep up with a high number of cases of measles even as it tries to reduce the highly contagious fungal disease.

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