Cases of malaria increase by 30 per cent
Written By: Abbie Smith
New figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) have shown that cases of malaria have increased by 30 per cent in the last two years.
There were 1,761 cases of malaria reported in the UK during 2010, up on 1,495 cases in 2009 and 1,370 in 2008.
The HPA released the figures to mark World Malaria Day and is now urging travellers to take anti-malaria medication if they are planning on travelling to a high-risk area.
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Malaria is the world’s second biggest killer and over the past decade the most infections have developed in people that have visited South Asia or West Africa.
The HPA found that four in 10 sufferers had been to either Nigeria or Ghana, while 11 per cent had travelled to India.
A tropical disease, Malaria is most commonly spread by mosquitoes that are infected with the malaria parasite and there are currently no vaccinations against it.
If bitten by an infected mosquito, the parasite is injected into a person’s bloodstream. Symptoms of malaria include high temperature, fever, headache and muscle pains. They can show eight days after being bitten, but the disease can stay inactive in the body for up to a year afterwards.
The HPA looked at 997 cases of malaria where there was information available and found that 85 per cent of people had not taken anti-malaria tablets.
They believe this is because people knew the area they were travelling to and therefore didn’t think they were at risk.
The HPA also think that rather than staying in hotels, these travellers may have stayed with family and friends and as a result were exposed to the same greater risk as the locals.
Professor Peter Chiodini, who heads the HPA's malaria reference laboratory, said: “Anyone who is travelling to a country where malaria is present should take travel advice and appropriate medication.”
“Even people living in Britain visiting the country in which they were born or grew up, or have previously visited, are not immune from malaria and should take precautions.”
Schneider Electric's intelligent patient room: need to know
Schneider Electric has launched a virtual showcase that features its new "intelligent patient room". What is it exactly?
Who: Schneider Electric is a multinational that develops energy and automation solutions for many different industries - including hospitality, education, defence, and healthcare. Founded in 1836, today it is a Fortune 500 company, and it currently provides technology to 40% of hospitals around the world, among them Penn Medicine, one of the top hospitals in the US where Schneider's EcoStruxure for Healthcare is deployed, an IoT solution.
What: Schneider has launched its Innovation Experience Live Healthcare Lab, an immersive experience that takes visitors through a demonstration of a hospital, including the doctor’s office, the operating room, and the intelligent patient room.
The room features a digital patient footwall - a touchscreen that creates a single reference point for patients, families and healthcare providers, by incorporating care information, entertainment and environmental controls all in one place. A separate digital patient door display has important information for healthcare staff.
All Schneider's equipment is low-voltage, and integrated so that the patient room, clinical needs and IT are all seamlessly connected, what Schneider calls a digital “system of systems.”
Why: Mike Sanders, Customer Projects & Services in Healthcare Innovation at Schneider Electric, explains: “The hospital of the future will need to put the patient experience at the forefront, using innovative and connected systems to provide superior in-hospital care experiences.”
“With the shift to remote work and business brought forth by the pandemic, we knew that we needed to invest in a new virtual experience that showcases our vision for a truly integrated healthcare experience. We believe our intelligent patient room is the solution that our healthcare partners and customers have been looking for, and we’re excited to offer a way for them to experience it no matter where they are in the world.”
Where: The virtual experience was modelled after the new innovations installed at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia, the first real-world installation of Schneider Electric’s fully integrated intelligent patient room technology. It is currently being hosted at the company’s St. Louis Innovation Hub and Innovation Executive Briefing Center (IEBC) facility.