Media reports an increase in malaria cases in the Alluri Raju Sitarama district of Andhra Pradesh, India in the past 3 months. Rampachodavarm and Chintoor areas have reported an recent increase in malaria with 171 cases reported from tribal communities in the two areas; no deaths have been reported to date.
A variety of reasons were cited for this increase, including inadequate vector control and reduced access to medical care. In addition, monsoon season has also begun in Andhra Pradesh; which increases risk of malaria transmission.
While higher than expected cases of malaria continue to be reported, travellers to this area should:
Travellers returning from malarious areas should seek prompt medical advice if they develop a fever during travel or on their return, ensuring they highlight their potential exposure to malaria.
See the TRAVAX Malaria section for further information.