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UK malaria cases high due to public misconception

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Malaira cases remain too high among UK travellers because there is a common misconception that being born in a malaria-affected country will provide continued immunity to those now living in the UK, warns the Health Protection Agency.

While 2007 figures show a slight fall in cases on those from 2006 – a 12% drop from 1,758 to 1,548 – those among people who have visited friends or relatives in affected countries account for 72% of
the total.

‘It seems travellers visiting friends and relatives are either not seeking or unable to access advice, or don’t perceive their risk to be as great as the holidaying public,’ said Professor Peter Chiodini, head of the HPA’s Malaria Reference Laboratory

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