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Insight: In vulnerable Greece, mosquitoes bite back

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A Culex quinquefasciatus mosquito on a human finger in this undated handout photograph from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Just when it seems things couldn't get any worse for Greece, this exhausted and indebted country has a new threat to deal with: mosquito-borne diseases. Species of the blood-sucking insects that can carry exotic-sounding tropical infections like malaria, West Nile Virus, chikungunya and...more

A Culex quinquefasciatus mosquito on a human finger in this undated handout photograph from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Just when it seems things couldn't get any worse for Greece, this exhausted and indebted country has a new threat to deal with: mosquito-borne diseases. Species of the blood-sucking insects that can carry exotic-sounding tropical infections like malaria, West Nile Virus, chikungunya and dengue fever are enjoying the extra bit of warmth climate change is bringing to parts of southern Europe. And with austerity budgets, a collapsing health system, political infighting and rising xenophobia all conspiring to allow pest and disease control measures here to slip through the net, the mosquitoes are biting back. REUTERS/James Gathany/Center For Disease Control/Handout/Files
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YORGOS KARAHALIS

A man sits on a bench next to a banner that reads "Health is bleeding" outside the Evangelismos General Hospital in Athens October 16, 2012. Just when it seems things couldn't get any worse for Greece, this exhausted and indebted country has a new threat to deal with: mosquito-borne diseases. Species of the blood-sucking insects that can carry exotic-sounding tropical infections like malaria, West Nile Virus, chikungunya and dengue...more

A man sits on a bench next to a banner that reads "Health is bleeding" outside the Evangelismos General Hospital in Athens October 16, 2012. Just when it seems things couldn't get any worse for Greece, this exhausted and indebted country has a new threat to deal with: mosquito-borne diseases. Species of the blood-sucking insects that can carry exotic-sounding tropical infections like malaria, West Nile Virus, chikungunya and dengue fever are enjoying the extra bit of warmth climate change is bringing to parts of southern Europe. And with austerity budgets, a collapsing health system, political infighting and rising xenophobia all conspiring to allow pest and disease control measures here to slip through the net, the mosquitoes are biting back. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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YORGOS KARAHALIS

Greek doctor Eleni Kakalou poses at an entrance of Evangelismos General Hospital in Athens October 16, 2012. Just when it seems things couldn't get any worse for Greece, this exhausted and indebted country has a new threat to deal with: mosquito-borne diseases. Species of the blood-sucking insects that can carry exotic-sounding tropical infections like malaria, West Nile Virus, chikungunya and dengue fever are enjoying the extra...more

Greek doctor Eleni Kakalou poses at an entrance of Evangelismos General Hospital in Athens October 16, 2012. Just when it seems things couldn't get any worse for Greece, this exhausted and indebted country has a new threat to deal with: mosquito-borne diseases. Species of the blood-sucking insects that can carry exotic-sounding tropical infections like malaria, West Nile Virus, chikungunya and dengue fever are enjoying the extra bit of warmth climate change is bringing to parts of southern Europe. And with austerity budgets, a collapsing health system, political infighting and rising xenophobia all conspiring to allow pest and disease control measures here to slip through the net, the mosquitoes are biting back. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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YORGOS KARAHALIS

A woman walks past a homeless person's set-up outside the Evangelismos General Hospital in Athens October 16, 2012. Just when it seems things couldn't get any worse for Greece, this exhausted and indebted country has a new threat to deal with: mosquito-borne diseases. Species of the blood-sucking insects that can carry exotic-sounding tropical infections like malaria, West Nile Virus, chikungunya and dengue fever are enjoying the...more

A woman walks past a homeless person's set-up outside the Evangelismos General Hospital in Athens October 16, 2012. Just when it seems things couldn't get any worse for Greece, this exhausted and indebted country has a new threat to deal with: mosquito-borne diseases. Species of the blood-sucking insects that can carry exotic-sounding tropical infections like malaria, West Nile Virus, chikungunya and dengue fever are enjoying the extra bit of warmth climate change is bringing to parts of southern Europe. And with austerity budgets, a collapsing health system, political infighting and rising xenophobia all conspiring to allow pest and disease control measures here to slip through the net, the mosquitoes are biting back. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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YORGOS KARAHALIS

Greek doctor Eleni Kakalou poses at an entrance of Evangelismos General Hospital in Athens October 16, 2012. Just when it seems things couldn't get any worse for Greece, this exhausted and indebted country has a new threat to deal with: mosquito-borne diseases. Species of the blood-sucking insects that can carry exotic-sounding tropical infections like malaria, West Nile Virus, chikungunya and dengue fever are enjoying the extra...more

Greek doctor Eleni Kakalou poses at an entrance of Evangelismos General Hospital in Athens October 16, 2012. Just when it seems things couldn't get any worse for Greece, this exhausted and indebted country has a new threat to deal with: mosquito-borne diseases. Species of the blood-sucking insects that can carry exotic-sounding tropical infections like malaria, West Nile Virus, chikungunya and dengue fever are enjoying the extra bit of warmth climate change is bringing to parts of southern Europe. And with austerity budgets, a collapsing health system, political infighting and rising xenophobia all conspiring to allow pest and disease control measures here to slip through the net, the mosquitoes are biting back. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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YORGOS KARAHALIS

Greek doctor Eleni Kakalou poses at an entrance of Evangelismos General Hospital in Athens October 16, 2012. Just when it seems things couldn't get any worse for Greece, this exhausted and indebted country has a new threat to deal with: mosquito-borne diseases. Species of the blood-sucking insects that can carry exotic-sounding tropical infections like malaria, West Nile Virus, chikungunya and dengue fever are enjoying the extra...more

Greek doctor Eleni Kakalou poses at an entrance of Evangelismos General Hospital in Athens October 16, 2012. Just when it seems things couldn't get any worse for Greece, this exhausted and indebted country has a new threat to deal with: mosquito-borne diseases. Species of the blood-sucking insects that can carry exotic-sounding tropical infections like malaria, West Nile Virus, chikungunya and dengue fever are enjoying the extra bit of warmth climate change is bringing to parts of southern Europe. And with austerity budgets, a collapsing health system, political infighting and rising xenophobia all conspiring to allow pest and disease control measures here to slip through the net, the mosquitoes are biting back. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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