After the riots come the Santas in the city of Athens
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After the riots come the Santas in the city of Athens. So ,definitely Greek to you !

Like  a miracle picture in the eyes of the Greeks, the visitors, and anyone who happened to find himself in Athens during the 6-7 of December weekend, Santas ran through the city with festive cheer Sunday morning, a few hours after the same city, in the same streets had become a war field as protestors torched the downtown with Molotov cocktails. In the morning it was all clean and ready for the first ever Athens Santa Run, and smiling, the  600 “Santa Clauses” gave the street a festive feel again.

Santas geared up on Sunday morning to run the 2.5-km race down Panepistimiou Street in order to raise money for the Athens Municipality’s children’s parks. There was a tiny young Santa taking part, just 3 months- old, and the oldest was 84 years of age.

After the riots come the Santas in the city of Athens (photos)

After the riots come the Santas in the city of Athens

After the riots come the Santas in the city of Athens

After the riots come the Santas in the city of Athens

After the riots come the Santas in the city of Athens

After the riots come the Santas in the city of Athens

After the riots come the Santas in the city of Athens

After the riots come the Santas in the city of Athens

Well over 211 people have been detained after an all-night battle that took part following protest rallies held to commemorate the shooting of teenager Alexis Grigoropoulos by a policeman in 2008. Athens turned into a war zone after 8 p.m. with riots breaking out in the streets around Exarhia, the Polytechnic and Omonoia.

Destruction in Athens

Destruction in Athens

10847792_872339736118234_66921602029100487_nShops were set on fire ,citizens were damaged. Over hundred people were arrested. It was the anniversary of the killing of Alexandros Grigoropoulos, who was 15 at the time, during the ex-New Democracy governing in Greece, that usually brings since 2008 thousands of anti-state demonstrators on to the streets each year the same day. But this year, the tension has been intensified  over  self-proclaimed anarchist who witnessed the killing in 2008, and is now on hunger strike over the Greek authorities’ refusal to let him attend university classes. Nikos Romanos, currently serving a sentence for robbery but is now in hospital in a critical condition. Romanos, whose clinical condition is very critical, is reported to be insisting on attending classes in person. “I won’t back down”, he said. “Struggle until victory or struggle until death”.

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Ebola, Greece: The Greek CDC recommendations for Travellers to and from the West Africa Country

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Travelers visiting West Africa destinations are advised to get informed about the Ebola epidemic, in detail concerning the specific area the traveler is visiting.

Experts have said to the moment, that the risk to travelers is very low, reminding though, that there is no vaccine or medication for prophylaxis, nor does any effective treatment exist, so travelers are oblidged to protect themselves adequately.

Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a very rare but deadly viral infection with no carrier state of the incubation period. Once the virus infects the body, it requires 2 to 21 days of the disease to onset symptoms, which happens accutely and severely, most often fatally.  Usually it starts by a sudden high fever, muscle aches, diarrhea, headache, fatigue and abdominal pain. Symptoms also include skin rash, sore throat and conjunctivitis.

As soon as the fever appears, the patient becomes infectious
The virus is transmitted from person to person through the contact of blood of the patients, and of the tissues and body fluids of patients or deceased, who had contracted hemorrhagic fever Ebola.
Infection also may be transfered by contact or reuse of contaminated needles of the patients.

The virus can also be transmitted through the contact of live or dead infected animals (eg monkeys).

Although Ebola virus human-to-humnan transmission through air droplets has never been reported in health care facilities, the use of mask and eye protection of the healthcare personel is considered mandatory for any case of clinical examination or treatment of patient with vomiting or respiratory symptoms
Measures for Travelers
The traveler is recommended to be aware of the Ebola ways of transmission and take all personal protective measures.

Therefore, direct contact with body fluids of patients, and also with tools or objects that have been used by patients should definitely be avoided .
Furthermore Greek CDC( HCDCP) recommends travellers to West Africa destinations to avoid contact with animals.

If you experience symptoms during your trip or shortly after returning from an African country whith reported Ebola cases, you should seek immediate medical attention and primarily inform the doctor about the symptoms and the county you visited .
The screening for Ebola hemorrhagic fever in asymptomatic travelers returning from Africa destinations or immigrants is not appropriate.