UK malaria cases 2009

UK malaria cases 2009

From NaTHNac 23 April 2010

Malaria reported in the UK in 2009

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has published figures on cases of malaria reported in the United Kingdom (UK) during 2009 [1]. These figures were compiled by the HPA Malaria Reference Laboratory.

There were 1,495 cases of malaria reported in 2009, a slight increase on the 1,370 cases reported in 2008. Seventy-nine percent of the cases were caused by the most serious type of malaria, Plasmodium falciparum; this proportion of falciparum malaria has been sustained over many years.

The publication of UK malaria data coincides with the third World Malaria Day on 25 April 2010. World Malaria Day was initiated by the World Health Assembly and aims to highlight malaria as a global health issue and recognise international efforts in controlling malaria, a disease which kills about a million people each year.

Advice for travellers

Malaria is a disease that is almost completely preventable. Not accessing reliable medical advice or not adhering to the advice given, including taking malaria prevention tablets, is associated with the majority of cases in UK travellers.

All travellers should seek advice about the risk of malaria at their destination well in advance of their departure date, take appropriate malaria prophylaxis, and practise careful measures to protect themselves against night-time biting mosquitoes. Travellers to malaria risk areas should promptly report any illness, especially fever, during their trip or in the year following return, for urgent medical assessment and a malaria blood test.

Advice on the malaria risk in specific countries can be found on the NaTHNaC Country Information Pages or in the HPA Malaria prevention guidelines.

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