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No cause for concern over malaria cases, ministry says

Visitors to the Ayios Amvrosios area in Kyrenia have been warned to wear protective clothing

The health ministry announced on Saturday that three malaria cases have been recorded in the north in British tourists but there was no cause for concern as the transmission risk is very low.

The ministry said that it had been informed by the World Health Organisation that the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) diagnosed three malaria cases in British tourists who visited the north in August.

The visitors stayed in a resort in Ayios Amvrosios, Kyrenia, and the symptoms began in the last week of August and were diagnosed after their return to the UK in the first week of September.

It has not yet been determined whether the patients contracted malaria in the north but lab tests continue and the ministry said that it had taken all preventive measures.

According to the ECDC the risk of transmission is too low to be of concern, the ministry said. The last time malaria cases were recorded in Cyprus was in 1967.

The health ministry said that for preventive reasons only, people wishing to visit the area in the north where the malaria cases were reported, ought to take protective measures against mosquitoes, such as wearing long-sleeved shirts and trousers, and use insect repellents.

The ministry also urged anyone who has travelled to the area and within the next one to four weeks develops a fever, shivering or other relevant symptoms should consult a doctor.

It added that it was closely monitoring the situation and was in constant cooperation with the two health organisations.


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