The Burden of Imported Malaria in Portugal 2003 to 2012

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  • Ana Glória Fonseca MD, MSc,

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    1. Public Health Department, Faculdade Ciências Médicas (NOVA Medical School), Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Nova Lisbon University), Lisboa, Portugal
    • Corresponding Author: Ana Glória Fonseca, MD, MSc, Public Health Department, Faculdade Ciências Médicas (NOVA Medical School), Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Campo Mártires da Pátria, 130, Lisboa 1169-056, Portugal. E-mail: ana.fonseca@fcm.unl.pt

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  • Sara S. Dias PhD,

    1. Public Health Department, Faculdade Ciências Médicas (NOVA Medical School), Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Nova Lisbon University), Lisboa, Portugal
    2. UIS-ESSLei-IPLeiria, Leiria, Portugal
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  • Joao Luis Baptista MD, PhD,

    1. Faculdade de Ciências da Saúde, Universidade da Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal
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  • Jorge Torgal MD, PhD

    1. Public Health Department, Faculdade Ciências Médicas (NOVA Medical School), Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Nova Lisbon University), Lisboa, Portugal
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Abstract

Increasing international travel and expatriation to sub-Saharan countries where malaria is endemic has raised public health concerns about the burden of imported malaria cases in Portugal. From 2009 to 2012, there was a 60% increase in malaria hospitalizations, contradicting the declining trend observed since 2003. Older age was associated with longer length of stay in hospital and higher lethality.

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