Four imported malaria cases found in south China
Updated: 2006-10-20 09:31
GUANGZHOU -- Four people in South China's Guangdong Province who have
recently returned from south Asia have contracted malaria, said an official with
the provincial Inspection and Quarantine Bureau (IQB).
The four workers, who all belong to an enterprise in Shunde City whose name
the official declined to reveal, are in hospital. One of them is in critical
They worked in south Asia in April and May and, since getting home in
September, have been suffering from fever, diarrhea, skin rashes and dizziness.
All of them were bitten by mosquitoes.
Malaria is one of the world's most common diseases, caused by a parasite that
is transmitted to humans by a female mosquito's bite. Malaria symptoms include
fever, shivering, pain in the joints, headache, repeated vomiting, generalized
convulsions and coma. If not treated, the most serious types of malaria can
prove fatal in as little as two days. Malaria parasites weaken the immune
system, making people more vulnerable to other infectious, life-threatening
The workers are quarantined and the IQB has launched a campaign to
exterminate mosquitoes in the province.
Guangdong has also reported 492 dengue cases, with no deaths.
Infectious diseases accounted for 59 percent of the 11,109 public health
emergencies in September, according to an earlier report from the State Health