Letters

Taxi rank malaria

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7018.1507 (Published 02 December 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1507
  1. D N Durrheim, Consultant in communicable disease control
  1. Mpumalanga Department of Health, Nelspruit, South Africa

    EDITOR,--Malaria contracted during travel to a malarious zone may develop only after the traveller's return to an area free of the disease. This has led to doctors' practice of asking febrile patients, “Where have you been and when?” Malarious disease may also occur in people who have never visited a malarious area or been exposed to blood products infected with plasmodium. In north western Europe most such cases occur in the vicinity of international airports. These cases of “airport malaria” are acquired through the bites of infected anopheline mosquitos inadvertently imported by aircraft from endemic areas. …

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