UK reiterates malaria diagnosis warnings
This article was originally published in Clinica
As the annual peak in travel to the tropics approaches, the UK's Health Protection Agency has updated its guidance for healthcare workers on malaria. The so-called ABCD plan - awareness, bite prevention, chemoprophylaxis and diagnosis - underlines the importance of early diagnostic confirmation. "Malaria can kill very quickly if not diagnosed in time," warns the HPA. The guidelines, for use also by travellers, notes that migrants from malaria-endemic countries can rapidly lose any immunity gained abroad, contrary to the common "dangerous myth" that they are protected. Between 1,500 and 2,000 people a year are diagnosed with malaria in the UK. In 2005, there were 11 deaths. Imported chikungunya is a new source of concern in the UK (see related article).