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Unexplained fever? Malaria might be a possible diagnosis regardless of travel history, says CDC

August 31, 2023

Via: Fox News

Don’t rule out malaria just because you haven’t traveled anywhere.

In light of recent locally acquired cases in the U.S., the lack of international travel should not exclude a diagnosis of malaria when Americans have unexplained fever — especially if they develop new anemia.

That’s according to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Alert Network update.

“While malaria contraction is most commonly associated with travel abroad, there have been recent cases of locally acquired mosquito-transmitted malaria,” Dr. Obinna Nnedu, infectious diseases specialist and medical director of the travel medicine clinic at Ochsner Health in New Orleans, Louisiana, told Fox News Digital.

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