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Figures released on World Malaria Day show imported cases have risen

The UK saw 9 per cent more cases of imported malariainfections in 2013 than in the previous year , according to Public Health England. The figures have been released to coincide with World Malaria Day today (25 April 2014).

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Most malaria cases are due to the Plasmodium falciparum parasite

There were 1,501 cases of malaria in 2013 compared with 1,378 cases in 2012. Most of the cases (79 per cent) were caused by the more severe Plasmodium falciparum parasite. This reflects the fact that most malaria imported to the UK is acquired in Africa, says PHE.

Cases of vivax malaria have fallen, with 179 cases reported in 2013 compared with 271 in 2012 and 416 in 2011.

Dipti Patel, joint director of the National Travel Health Network and Centre, said: “There is continuing evidence that those of African or Asian ethnicity who are non-UK born and going to visit family in their country of origin are at increased risk of malaria. PHE recommends that those providing advice should engage with these population groups wherever possible, including using potential opportunities to talk about future travel plans outside a specific travel health consultation, such as during new patient checks or childhood immunisation appointments.”

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2014.11137770

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