Teenagers catch malaria from local mosquitoes near Washington, DCBMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7369.854/c (Published 19 October 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:854
- Janice Hopkins Tanne
- New York
Two cases of Plasmodium vivax malaria near the US capital seem to have been acquired locally from indigenous malaria carrying mosquitoes breeding in the area, not from malaria carrying mosquitoes escaping from Dulles international airport.
A 19 year old woman and a 15 year old boy were given diagnoses of malaria in August in Loudoun county, Virginia, near the capital. Neither patient had been out of the country or had other risk factors for malaria. It is thought that they contracted the disease from local mosquitoes, which had acquired it from an infected traveller or resident. Both patients …