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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 160-164

Malaria in non-immune travelers: A case report and reminder for increased awareness of the problem

1 Department of Anatomic Pathology, Abia State University Teaching Hospital, Aba, Nigeria
2 Department of Anatomical Pathology, University of Portharcourt Teaching Hospital, Portharcourt, Nigeria

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Dr. Shadrach Awa Ukonye Offiah
Department of Anatomic Pathology, Abia State University Teaching Hospital, PMB 7004, Aba, Abia State
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/9783-1230.157061

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Malaria presents a serious hazard to travelers to endemic areas. With the current increase of international travel to tropical endemic countries, the fatality and incidence of malaria being imported into nonendemic countries has significantly increased. The risk of malaria infection varies depending on the destination and exposure to infected mosquitoes. A good knowledge of malarious areas and the frequency of infection acquired by nonimmune travelers are necessary when advice for prophylaxis is given by a physician to a prospective traveler. We discuss the case of a nonimmune, indigenous African from a malaria-free zone in Africa, who was not on prophylactics against malaria but visited a malaria-holoendemic region of Nigeria. Malaria remains a killer, especially to the nonimmune traveler; therefore, the need to carry a potent antimalarial drug for emergency treatment when traveling to a malarious country need not be overemphasized.

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