Migration routes of eritreans blamed for malaria spike

MATCHED hospital and surveillance records show Sweden has seen 105 cases of malaria, the majority P. vivax, in newly arrived Eritrean migrants since May, 2014.

The patients were mainly young men who reported migrating through Ethiopia and/or Sudan.

“Signs of long symptom duration during migration show the need for better healthcare for migrants,” the Public Health Agency experts said.

“Countries currently hosting Eritrean refugees need to consider P. vivax in this group of migrants.