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Locally Acquired Malaria reported in Maryland

Locally acquired malaria was reported in Maryland

Maryland health officials report positive case of locally acquired malaria


Locally acquired malaria was reported in Maryland

Maryland health officials reported cases of locally acquired malaria

In a recent article published by FoxNews, health officials in Maryland reported a positive case of locally acquired malaria was detected in the National Capital Region.

Maryland Department of Health confirmed and reported the locally acquired malaria case. It said that the individual didn’t recently travel outside the U.S. or to any other state. Maryland Department of Health Secretary Laura Herrera Scott said the state hasn’t seen a locally acquired malaria case in more than 40 years.

Scott said that malaria was once common in the United States, including in Maryland, but they have not seen a case of locally acquired malaria, in over 40 years. Scott added that that they take this locally acquired malaria seriously and will work with local and federal health officials to investigate the locally acquired malaria case.

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According to health officials, malaria is a mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite. Most cases of malaria occur when a person travels abroad and are not locally acquired malaria. The Maryland health officials said that locally acquired malaria is a rare case.

In Maryland, the state usually reports around 200 travel-related malaria cases per year. And it has been 40 years that they encountered a locally acquired malaria. Malaria symptoms consist of high fever, chills, body aches, diarrhea and vomiting and usually appear 7 to 30 days after an infected bug bites an individual.

The Department of Health states despite the locally acquired malaria case, the overall risk of getting the disease through an infected bug bite in the U.S. is very low. But we should still take precaution not to become a victim of locally acquired malaria.

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