Britain sees fatal malaria increase
26 January 2009 09:03
Britain is seeing an influx in malaria sufferers as holidaymakers are not taking the correct precautions before leaving for their break, it has been stated.
A Health Protection Agency has stated that cases of falciparum malaria, a potentially fatal form of the disease, now account for three quarters of all UK malaria, up from a third of cases 20 years ago, according to the Guardian.
Holidaymakers who are going to visit countries where catching malaria is a plausible problem, should make sure they take out travel insurance, especially if they are not going to take anti-malarial drugs.
The disease is endemic in West Africa and locations in this area are where holidaymakers often catch the disease.
"No one can assume they are immune to malaria, even if they've had it repeatedly as a child," said Christopher Whitty, a co-author at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
"The message is not getting through to the people who are most at risk. It's completely preventable and in each of these cases it is potentially fatal."