Three British tourists in Cyprus contract malaria

Health authorities in the North have recorded that three British tourists were found to have contracted malaria, however, there was no cause for concern as the risk of transmitting the disease is very low.

The South Cyprus health ministry said that it had been informed by the World Health Organisation that the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) had diagnosed three malaria cases in British tourists who visited the north in August.

The visitors stayed in a resort in Esentepe, and the symptoms began in the last week of August and were diagnosed after their return to the UK in the first week of September.

It has not yet been determined whether the patients contracted malaria in the north but laboratory tests continue.

According to the ECDC the risk of transmission is too low to be of concern, the ministry said. The last time malaria cases were recorded in Cyprus was in 1967.

Yeni Duzen

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