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Pokemon Go craze claims its first Greek casualty

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Greece suffered its first Pokemon Go casualty on Thursday when a 15-year-old boy suffered a head injury after walking into a milling machine in a field in the region of Trikala, central Greece, while playing the game.

He ended up with five stitches but was not seriously injured.

There are no official statistics, but experts estimate that there are so far more than 5,000 Pokemon Go players in Greece.

Thursday's accident follows a string of mishaps abroad involving users playing the game.

The virtual reality application, which allows users to see the game’s creatures projected onto real landmarks on their cell phone screens, has taken the world by storm since its official launch on July 7 in the US and Australia.

It was downloaded 10 million times on android phones in the first week alone of its release.

The first Pokemon game was released in Japan by Nintendo in 1996 for Game Boy consoles.

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