Malaria warning follows rise in number of UK cases
Post by Sean Davies
on 26 April 2011 in Health & Wellbeing
Health professionals have warned travellers to make sure
they follow advice on avoiding malaria.
According to figures released by the Health Protection
Agency (HPA), the number of UK residents being infected with malaria has
increased by 30 per cent over the past two years. There were 1,761 new cases reported last
year, up from 1,370 in 2008 and 1,495 in 2009.
The vast majority of cases involve people who have travelled
to West Africa or India, often to visit friends and relatives. The HPA said
that last year, 40 per cent of UK residents who contracted malaria had
travelled to either Ghana or Nigeria, while 11 per cent had visited India.
Professor Peter Chiodini, who is in charge of the HPA's
malaria reference laboratory, said anyone travelling to a country where malaria
is present should take travel advice and appropriate medication to protect
themselves against the disease.
He added: "Even people living in Britain visiting the
country in which they were born or grew up, or have previously visited, are not
immune from malaria and should take precautions."