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Number Of Malaria Cases Reported In U.S. At Highest Level In 40 Years, CDC Reports

The number of “U.S. malaria cases are at their highest level in four decades, mostly from Americans bringing home an unwelcome souvenir from their travels,” the Associated Press reports (Stobbe, 10/31). “Some 1,925 cases were reported in the country in 2011, the most seen in a single year since 1971,” the CDC said in a report released Thursday, GlobalPost writes, adding, “Malaria cases were up 14 percent over the previous year” (Stainburn, 10/31). A CDC press release states, “Among the people who had malaria five died” (10/31). The New York Times notes “virtually all [cases] were in travelers who were infected overseas” (McNeil, 10/31). “Nearly 70 percent of the cases were imported from countries in Africa, and nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of those cases were acquired in West Africa,” HealthDay notes, adding, “For the first time, India was the country from which the most cases were imported, CDC officials said” (Preidt, 10/31).