Navigation Links
Older Travelers at Much Higher Risk of Dying From Malaria
Date:3/28/2012

WEDNESDAY, March 28 (HealthDay News) -- Tourists over age 65 who visit malaria-infested regions are nearly 10 times more likely to die from the disease than those ages 18 to 35, a new study says.

The analysis of 20 years of data from more than 25,000 U.K. patients also found that the malaria death rate is particularly high among people who've traveled to Gambia, West Africa.

The risk of dying from malaria, an infection carried by mosquitoes, increased with age, and the death rate for those over age 65 was 4.6 percent. There were no deaths in children younger than age 5, according to the study published online March 28 in the British Medical Journal.

The researchers also found that tourists were more than nine times more likely to die from malaria than people of African heritage who traveled to see family or friends -- 3 percent vs. 0.32 percent.

This decreased death risk among people of African heritage may be due to early exposure to malaria, or to greater awareness of the symptoms and a tendency to seek medical help earlier, the study authors said in a journal news release.

The overall death rate from malaria for people who visited Gambia was especially high (3.9 percent) compared to those who visited other countries in West Africa (0.4 percent). Among tourists, the death rate was 6 percent for those who visited Gambia compared with 1.4 percent for those who visited other West African countries.

Travel to malaria-infected regions is increasing, and the U.K. has one of the highest rates of imported malaria in the world, according to the researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Oxford.

They said doctors need to make travelers aware that malaria is common, possibly fatal and requires early diagnosis. Doctors must stress to travelers the importance of taking anti-malaria drugs and of seeing a doctor immediately if they have a fever when they return home.

Each year, 250 million cases of malaria occur worldwide, resulting in more than 800,000 related deaths, the release said.

More information

The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about malaria.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: British Medical Journal, news release, March 27, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Watch your step: Elevator-related injuries and older adults
2. California IVF Discount/Rebate Program Eases Risk for Older Mothers
3. Diabetes drug ups risk for bone fractures in older women
4. Autism Science Foundation Offers IMFAR Grants to Autism Stakeholders
5. Americans Recognize Risk of Fire to Older Adults
6. Key Pillars of Patient Centered Medical Home Will Be Focus of March 30 Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative Stakeholders Meeting
7. Kidneys From Older Donors Suitable for Seniors
8. Screens, Vaccine for HPV Less Beneficial in Older Women
9. Tyco International to Host 2010 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders
10. Midlife crisis: Unmarried older women twice as likely to lack health insurance, study shows
11. New clues found linking larger animals to colder climates
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Older Travelers at Much Higher Risk of Dying From Malaria
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... ... Rob Lowe acts as host and helps educate and inform the public using the ... can reconnect with America as it explores some of the best places to hike ... an inventive new place for a family vacation, and have discovered hiking. Many will ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... May 26, 2017 , ... “Just What Happened in the Garden of Eden”: retells the stories ... Eden” is the creation of published author, Penelope Colt, mother, trader, horse farmer, artist and ... NYC when she was three. At six, they moved to Dayton, Ohio, where Penny ...
(Date:5/24/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Dr. Alan I. Benvenisty, MD is dual board certified in ... known for his distinguished expertise and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of vascular ... treating renovascular disease and aortic aneurysm . He is known for his minimally ...
(Date:5/24/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Patients who want to receive cosmetic dentistry procedures such as ... Bedich for a consultation, with or without a referral. Dr. Bedich enjoys improving the ... , Dr. Bedich offers a variety of cosmetic dentistry services at his practice ...
(Date:5/24/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Medic CE , a Career Step company, is sponsoring ... hosted by the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS). The free webinar, to be ... by Captain Rommie Duckworth, LP, a career fire captain as well as founder and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/9/2017)... PORTLAND, Ore. , May 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... company that provides technology solutions to improve the ... reported financial results for the first quarter ended ... that our products enable our customers to identify ... them to intervene before events like heart attacks ...
(Date:5/6/2017)...  May is Stroke Awareness Month and Omron Healthcare ... methods to prevent a stroke: monitor and manage your ... and Prevention, undetected and uncontrolled hypertension is a leading ... leader in personal heart health technology, recently evolved its ... and stroke and is advancing a national public education ...
(Date:5/4/2017)... Clarius Mobile Health, a digital healthcare ... this week at the American Congress of Obstetricians ... San Diego, CA from May ... perfect tool for clinicians to easily confirm pregnancy, ... pregnancy-related complications like ectopic pregnancy and placenta previa," ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: