Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Malaria alert

Anopheles mosquito (from National Geographic)

As on 8 June, there were 12 new cases, all reported during the preceding week. At least 6 were locally transmitted. That's quite many.

The MOH unfortunately does not tell us if these were P. falciparum or P. vivax. A 2000 report attributed about 2/3 of all reported cases to vivax, while 1/3 was due to the more dangerous falciparum parasite. Severe falciparum infections can have a mortality of about 15%, so it's nothing to be sneezed at. (Compare H1N1 mortality of <0.1%)

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