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Imported Falciparum Malaria in Europe: Sentinel Surveillance Data from the European Network on Surveillance of Imported Infectious Diseases

T. Jelinek, C. Schulte, R. Behrens, M. P. Grobusch, J. P. Coulaud, Z. Bisoffi, A. Matteelli, J. Clerinx, M. Corachán, S. Puente, I. Gjørup, G. Harms, H. Kollaritsch, A. Kotlowski, A. Björkmann, J. P. Delmont, J. Knobloch, L. N. Nielsen, J. Cuadros, C. Hatz, J. Beran, M. L. Schmid, M. Schulze, R. Lopez-Velez, K. Fleischer, A. Kapaun, P. McWhinney, P. Kern, J. Atougia, G. Fry, S. da Cunha and G. Boecken

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 34, issue 5, pages 572-576
Published in print March 2002 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online March 2002 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/338235
Imported Falciparum Malaria in Europe: Sentinel Surveillance Data from the European Network on Surveillance of Imported Infectious Diseases

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Malaria continues to have a high morbidity rate associated among European travelers. Thorough recording of epidemiological and clinical aspects of imported malaria has been helpful in the detection of new outbreaks and areas of developing drug resistance. Sentinel surveillance of data collected prospectively since 1999 has begun within TropNetEurop, a European network focusing on imported infectious diseases. TropNetEurop appears to cover ∼10% of all patients with malaria seen in Europe. Reports of 1659 immigrants and European patients with Plasmodium falciparum malaria were analyzed for epidemiological information and data on clinical features. Regional data were quite diverse, reflecting local patterns of immigration and international travel. By far, the most infections were imported from West Africa. Europeans had more clinical complications; consequently, all deaths occurred in this group. Compared with European standards, the mortality rate was low (0.6% in Europeans). Data from TropNetEurop member sites can contribute to our understanding of the epidemiological and clinical findings regarding imported falciparum malaria.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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