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Monday, April 25, 2011

UK : Cases of malaria among UK travellers rise by 30%

Article from BBC News, excerpt :

" The number of malaria infections recorded among UK residents has increased by nearly 30% over the past two years.

New figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) reveal there were 1,761 new cases in 2010.

Over the past decade most infections have occurred among people who visited West Africa or South Asia.

The HPA is warning travellers to heed advice on how to avoid malaria, which is the world's second biggest killer.

In 2008 there were 1,370 new cases but the following year the numbers increased to 1,495.

In 2010, almost 40% of UK residents who contracted the disease had visited either Nigeria or Ghana, while 11% had been to India."

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