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Airlines should be legally required to warn travellers about malaria

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e463 (Published 17 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e463
  1. Nayanah Siva
  1. 1London

All travel agents and airlines should be legally required to warn travellers about malaria if they sell flights or holidays to high risk regions, a specialist has said.

David Lalloo, a professor at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicines, said that between 1400 and 2000 new cases of malaria and between five and 16 deaths are now reported in the United Kingdom every year. Of these cases 60% occur in UK citizens who travel to visit family and friends in countries where malaria is endemic and 63% are in patients (infected with Plasmodium falciparum) who had …

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