Communicable Disease: Malaria

Bhutanese Refugee Health Profile

Routine malaria screening is not conducted during overseas or domestic medical assessments; screening is based on the presence of signs or symptoms of disease. During the required visa medical examinations, 1.6% of refugees reported a history of malaria infection. 14 The crude (all ages) incidence of confirmed malaria infection was 0.16 cases per 1,000 population per month, while the suspected malaria (not laboratory confirmed) incidence was ten times higher at 1.6 cases per 1,000 population per month. The incidence of confirmed malaria infection in children under 5 years old was 0.06 cases per 1,000 population per month, while the suspected malaria incidence was 0.4 cases per 1,000 population per month.

Chart displaying cases of malaria per 1000 population per month, broken down by children under 5 and crude cases.

For children under 5 years old there were approximately 0.5 suspected cases of malaria per 1000 population per month and approximately 0.1 confirmed cases of malaria per 1000 population per month. For all ages there were approximately 1.5 suspected cases of malaria per 1000 population per month and approximately 0.3 confirmed cases of malaria per 1000 population per month.

References

  1. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (2012), Electronic Disease Notification System (EDN)
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