Source:Stager K, Legros F, Krause G, et al. Imported malaria in children in industrialized countries, 1992–2002.
Emerg Infect Dis.
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A multinational group of investigators evaluated the epidemiology of imported malaria in children ≤18 years of age in 11 industrialized countries, identified trends and risk groups, and ranked destinations according to malaria risk for children. Data from 1992 to 2002 were collected directly from the 11 countries’ health authorities. Imported malaria was defined as parasitologically confirmed malaria that had been acquired in a disease-endemic area, diagnosed after clinical disease had developed and when the person was in an industrialized country where the disease was not endemic. Data from the United Nations World Tourism Organization was used to estimate the total numbers of travelers to malaria-endemic countries; the investigators assumed that 1 of 10 travelers was <18 years of age.

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