Most victims had visited West Africa and South Asia
More tourists returning from destinations such as West Africa and India are returning home with malaria. For example, there has been a 30% increase in malaria cases among residents of the UK over the last two years, according to that country’s Health Protection Agency, from 1370 cases in 2008 to 1761 cases in 2010. Nigeria and Ghana were the destinations that accounted for 40% of all of the cases last year; India accounted for 10% of the cases.
Malaria is a costly and potentially deadly disease for tourists unlucky enough to contract it. Yet it is completely preventable. It is a myth that people who have had it before will not have it again. Medical professionals urge travellers and travel professionals to look for up-to-date travel advice.