Malarious mosquito hitched ride in traveller’s luggage

The patient, who lives on the outskirts of Paris, was diagnosed with malaria after two weeks of fever, headache and muscle stiffness symptoms.

He had not travelled to a malaria-endemic area himself, but had shared a hostel room for two days with a friend who arrived from West Africa and opened his bags in the patient’s presence.

The vector may have escaped the usual disinfection procedures for aircraft, the doctors said.

Three cases of luggage-borne vector transmission of malaria have been reported in Europe