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Man dies of malaria while in quarantine

04 August 2022

By The SUN 

Malaria is a potentially deadly disease transmitted by an infected female Anopheline mosquito

The Centre for Health Protection said in a press statement issued tonight, Aug 4, that it is is investigating the case of a 52-year-old man who died of malaria while in quarantine.

The deceased was said to be one of 30 men aged 25 to 57 who arrived from Africa from Jul 1 to Aug 1 and were found to carry the malaria parasite. Among them, 21 had come from Guinea, Africa.


The remaining 29 were all sent to hospital from their quarantine hotel after being found to have been stricken with malaria. Ten have already been discharged after treatment while four are in intensive care in serious condition, and 15 are in stable condition.

The CHP said it has observed an upward trend in the number of imported cases of malaria, which all involved persons coming from Africa.


It has urged the public to maintain strict environmental hygiene, mosquito control and personal protective measures both locally and during travel.

Meantime, those who traveled with the infected persons have been put under medical surveillance. Symptomatic patients will be sent to hospital while blood tests will be offered to those who are asymptomatic. Those who test positive would be sent to hospital for treatment.

Malaria is a communicable disease transmitted through Plasmodium parasites carried by an infected female Anopheline mosquito. When the mosquito bites a malaria patient, the mosquito becomes infected, and will pass on the disease when it bites another person.

The types of mosquitoes that are known to transmit malaria have not been found in Hong Kong in the past 10 years, so the Department of Health believes the risk of local transmission of the disease is extremely low.

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But since imported malaria cases were found at quarantine hotels, the DH would step up anti-morquito work in places where there is infestation.

The CHP advised the public to be vigilant when they travel to malaria-endemic areas in Africa and Southeast Asian regions. They should use insect repellants with DEET both during travel and for 14 days after returning to Hong Kong.

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The common symptoms of malaria include fever, chills, headache, muscle pain and weakness, cough, vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain. Severe malaria is serious and potentially fatal without proper treatment. 

Members of the public are reminded to make reports to government departments via the hotline 1823 if mosquito problems are detected, and may visit these pages for more information: the malaria page of the CHP, the latest Travel Health Newstips for using insect repellents, the CHP Facebook Page and YouTube Channel, and the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department's Guidebook on Control and Prevention of Mosquito Breeding.


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