More cases of severe malaria reported in La Libertad, Peru (update)

The number of cases of the more severe falciparum malaria have increased to 8 in La Convención in the department of Cusco. Although the less severe vivax strain has occurred in the area, these are the first reports of infection with the most severe form of malaria. Travellers to any region where malaria transmission is occurring can reduce their risk of exposure by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Anti-malaria medication is recommended.

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