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Older people more likely to die from catching malaria

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Older tourists who have visited a malaria-infected country are much more likely to die from the disease than younger patients, according to a study in the BMJ.

Older tourists who have visited a malaria-infected country are much more likely to die from the disease than younger patients, according to a study in the BMJ.

Researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Oxford University studied 20 years of data on 25,000 patients.

Overall case fatality was 3% among tourists.

The risk of dying increased steadily with age – 4.6% of cases were fatal in those aged over 65 compared to 2% or less for all other age groups.

The authors said: “Travellers to the Gambia, a popular destination for winter sun, were at particular risk.”

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