Health Protection Agency (HPA) has confirmed a case of malaria in the Maldives, which was eradicated in the country in the 1970s.
However, the agency has stated that the risk of a malaria outbreak is low as the infected person is a foreigner, and the mosquito that carries the disease is not present in the Maldives. Nevertheless, HPA is urging the public to take caution and preventative measures against malaria and other infectious diseases. The infected person is receiving treatment, and authorities are conducting contact tracing and community surveys to prevent any possible spread of the disease.
In light of recent outbreaks, including measles, the public is reminded to prioritize their health and seek medical attention immediately if they experience any symptoms of illness.