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CDC India Malaria Risk: For Military and not average travelers?

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I am starting a new post to clarify the CDC malaria guidelines for India. Footnote 3 on the CDC page states: "This risk estimate is based largely on cases occurring in US military personnel who travel for extended periods of time with unique itineraries that likely do not reflect the risk for the average US traveler." If I am interpreting this correctly, prophlylaxis may not be necessary for the average traveler.

In 2010, 931,000 Americans visited India. There were 261 reported cases of malaria with 9 fatalities. Only 4% (11 cases) were in tourists. The majority (54%) of cases were in individuals visiting friends and relatives, possibly in more remote areas. Most infections occurred in August with a second, much smaller peak in November.

Obviously if you become infected, malaria is a real problem but the data suggests the risk is quite low.


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