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U. S. Epidemiology

  • Most U.S. cases are related to travel to malaria endemic areas
  • Rare cases of "airport malaria" where a mosquito travels from an endemic area
  • One case of laboratory acquired malaria was reported in 2011 from an infected mosquito
  • 91 cases in 2011 were reported from military personnel primarily those serving in Afghanistan
  • 5 fatal cases in 2011
  • Airline crews are a small number of cases but increased travel to Subsaharan Africa may increase their risk
  • Persons who visit friends and family in their country of origin are more at risk than tourists