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.”
LG launches purpose-built smart TV for hospitals
LG Business Solutions USA has announced two new hospital TVs that are designed to improve patient management and engagement while adhering to critical safety standards for healthcare facilities.
One of the TVs is LG's biggest ever screen for a hospital - the 65-inch 4K Ultra HD model. It has LG’s NanoCell display technology, enabling it to display vivid pictures, and provides built-in support for hospital pillow speakers and embedded broadband LAN capability, so hospitals can deliver video on demand without requiring a separate set-top box in the patient room.
It also includes configuration software with an intuitive interface for setting up the TV to work in a hospital setting, plus a software-enabled access point feature that turns the TV into a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The second TV screen is the 15-inch Personal Healthcare Smart Touch TV with a multi-touch screen. It is designed to be installed on an adjustable arm for use in shared spaces or smaller patient rooms and will support LG's new, modular LG AM-AC21EA video camera, and HD video communication.
Both include support for video conferencing, and are UL Certified for use in healthcare facilities, a global safety standard. They also feature LG’s integrated Pro:Centric hospital management solutions, allowing hospitals and LG’s patient engagement development partners to personalise a patient's room, providing entertainment, hospital information, services, patient education, and more.
Additionally its communication platform makes it possible to conduct video calls between patients and clinicians or family.
“Our newest LG hospital TVs reflect ongoing feedback from the industry and include capabilities integrated to meet the unique needs of a critical market” said Tom Mottlau, Director of Healthcare Solutions, LG Electronics USA.
“Our healthcare patient engagement development partners requested an upgradable version of webOS for our Pro:Centric smart TV platform so they could more easily introduce new features for their hospital customers. For the latest versions of webOS, LG worked closely with our partners to make their request a reality and to deliver a hospital TV platform that can evolve over time.”