Greenwich has second-highest malaria rate in south east London

News Shopper: Experts recommend avoiding mosquito bites when abroad to prevent getting malaria Experts recommend avoiding mosquito bites when abroad to prevent getting malaria

GREENWICH has the second-highest malaria rate in south east London, research reveals.

Experts are calling for people to be more aware when travelling to affected countries as data has shown 4,311 confirmed cases between 2000 and 2011 in the SE area.

Where the residence of the patients was known, Southwark had the highest number of cases (1,035), followed by Greenwich (696) Lambeth (599), Lewisham (226), Bexley (189), and Bromley (83).

During this period, 93 per cent of all imported malaria cases were acquired in Africa.

Government agency Public Health England (PHE) and charity African Diaspora for Action Against Malaria (ADAAM) have teamed up to promote awareness of the illness.

London’s local director of health protection for south east London at PHE Dr Rachel Heathcock said: "Malaria is a preventable disease, so it’s concerning that we continue to see high numbers of cases in people from south east London who have travelled abroad.

"It is particularly worrying eight out of 10 people who contracted malaria reported not taking anti-malarials during their travels to countries where the disease is endemic.

She added: "Avoiding mosquito bites when abroad is also crucial and measures such as covering up between dusk and dawn, using insect repellants and bednets can all help."

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1:56pm Mon 29 Jul 13

Irwin says...

I have heard the mossies get a buzz from going to the O2.
That is why the incidents may be higher in Greenwich.
I have heard the mossies get a buzz from going to the O2. That is why the incidents may be higher in Greenwich. Irwin

9:27am Tue 30 Jul 13

goldenbroomboy says...

Since when has Southwark been "South East London"? It's due south from Larndarn.
Since when has Southwark been "South East London"? It's due south from Larndarn. goldenbroomboy

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