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City reports 50 malaria cases imported via arrivals from Africa

City reports 50 malaria cases imported via arrivals from Africa

Hong Kong has recorded 50 more imported malaria cases in 368 airport arrivals from Africa in August.
Hospital Authority sent a health aid team to the Hong Kong International Airport this month to conduct health support for travelers from Guinea and others from elsewhere in Africa.

The team included around 40 health workers, doctors, and nurses specializing in infectious diseases.

With over five health support actions, 50 of 368 visitors were diagnosed with malaria and showed mild symptoms. Two were under treatment in hospitals.

Online health consultation services are also provided to follow up on the health status of the inbound travelers, with over 2,400 cases of telephone and 1,400 WeChat call services.

The Center for Health Protection said that this year it had recorded a total of 180 imported malaria cases that needed to be hospitalized.

Malaria is an infectious disease transmitted by an infected female Anopheline mosquito. Common symptoms of malaria include fever, chills, headache, muscle pain and weakness, cough, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.

“There is no cause for alarm since malaria is not transmitted from person to person,” said David Hui Shu-cheong, an infectious disease expert at Chinese University and an adviser to the government on the coronavirus pandemic.
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