US Malaria Cases Reaches 40 Years High

By on November 1, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the cases of malaria in US have reached a 40-year high, however all were in travelers infected overseas.

According to the statistics, there were 1925 cases detected in 2011, among those 70 percent people had visited Africa, especially West Africa.

There was 14% increase in the malaria cases in 2011 when compared to 2010, which is 48 percent increase from 2008.

In the United States, malaria is a disease, which is not frequently seen in because of the execution of successful efforts in elimination in 1940s.

US Malaria CasesEach year, millions of US residents travel to other locations where malaria is transmitted. Travelers who contract malaria either didn’t take antimalarial drugs to prevent the illness or didn’t take enough dosage of drug.

So, it is essential to take precautionary measures to protect from malaria while traveling, such as:

  • Take a visit to your family doctor 4-6 weeks prior your travel.
  • Buy malaria drugs before the trip.
  • Take the dose as prescribed.
  • Avoid mosquito bites as much as possible, such as using mosquito net, fully covered clothes or use repellents.
  • In case you notice symptoms of malaria like fever and chills during or after the travel, see your doctor to confirm whether it is malaria or not.

Malaria is triggered by a parasite spreads by the Anopheles mosquito. The disease can be deadly; five malaria-related deaths were reported in the U.S. in 2011.

Every year, 650,000are affected by malaria and among those 90 percent cases are occurring in Africa.

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