The president of the Hellenic Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) Theofilos Rosenberg, in an interview with the Athens-Macedonian News Agency on Tuesday, expressed his concern over the spread of a measles epidemic in Greece.

"The epidemic does not seem to be stopping as there are populations with insufficient vaccination coverage," he underlined.

Rosenberg stressed the importance of vaccination, especially for people living in or working in closed communities, and expressed hope that "mobilisation and vaccination across the country will put the epidemic under control, so that mandatory vaccination will not be enforced."

He explained that people believe that measles is a childhood illness, as "adults are less likely to be infected with measles, but it is more severe than in children," adding that about 30 pct of measles cases will present one or more complications.