30 per cent rise in cases of malaria among UK travelers

malariaIt has been reported that in the past two years, there has been a 30 per cent rise in the number of malaria infections found among the residents of the UK.

In 2010 alone, the number of malaria cases was 1761, according to new figures from the Health Protection Agency or the HPA.

People who went for a visit to South Asia and West Africa are the ones who in the past 10 years have been infected the most.

Malaria at the moment is the second biggest killer in the world and travelers are being warned by the HPA to pay attention to advice on how to avoid it.

There were about 1370 new cases of malaria about two years back and the very next year these cases had gone up to 1,495.

Nigeria and Ghana were the places that about 40 per cent people from the UK had visited and India visits were made by about 11 per cent of UK residents who had got infected with the disease.

According to the HPA, “these travelers may not have sought or were unable to access advice on malaria prevention or had not thought they were at risk because they knew the area they were travelling to.”