Malaria Cases on the Rise in the U.S.

MalariaThe Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported the number of malaria cases in the U.S. hit a new high in the last reportable year – 2011. There were 1925 cases, including five deaths, which is an increase of 14%.  Not only were there more cases but there were more cases reported as “severe” than in previous years.  Most of the imported cases came from Africa although India had the largest number of cases at 223. Nigeria was next at 213.

The CDC reviewed the use of medications in 929 civilian cases and found that only 57 of the 929 had followed the CDC medication recommendation regimen.  Malaria is a serious disease and causes significant illness and mortality. As our population becomes more mobile, patients need to seek the advice of physicians knowledgeable in travel medicine and follow their recommendations.  

My web site has a link to the CDC website which provides travel information and I maintain a professional relationship with local travel services which keep in stock some of the more uncommon vaccines you need when traveling to exotic locations. Feel free to discuss travel plans in advance by calling the office for an appointment.

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