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Health Matters

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Once again, I have been asked about malaria in Liuzhou. PLEASE NOTE: I have no medical training, so take this as it comes. If you are in any doubt seek proper medical advice. Your  health is your  responsibility.

According to the World Health Organisation, "Malaria risk—including P. falciparum malaria—occurs in Hainan and Yunnan. Multidrug-resistant P. falciparum has been reported. Risk of P. vivax malaria exists in Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hainan, Sichuan, Xizang (Tibet) (only along the valley of the Zangbo river in the extreme south-east) and Yunnan. Very low malaria risk (P. vivax only) exists in Anhui, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi and Shandong. The risk may be higher in areas of focal outbreaks. Where transmission exists, it occurs only in remote rural communities below 1500 m: from July to November north of latitude 33°N, from May to December between 33°N and 25°N, and throughout the year south of 25°N. There is no malaria risk in urban areas nor in the densely populated plain areas. In general, tourists do not need to take malaria prophylaxis unless they plan to stay in remote rural areas in the provinces listed above." (My emphasis)

So, although we do get plagued by mosquitoes, there is no malaria here. I have never taken anti-malarials or heard of anyone suffering from malaria in the twenty years I have been here.

10th March 2005

TB Kills 10,000 a Year in Guangxi

Guangxi Health Department have said that tuberculosis is biggest killer in Guangxi, with almost 10,000 fatalities per year. They estimate that 15 million people, or one third of the population, have been infected and about 360,000 are suffering from active TB in the lungs.

Make sure those inoculations are up to date! The story is here.

29th December 2004

312 Rabies Deaths in Guangxi

Guangxi Health Authority have issued figures showing that the occurrence of rabies has increased dramatically over the last few years. From a total of 25 cases in 1995, the figure reached 204 cases in 2002 and from January to September this year a total of 312 people have died. And there was us worrying about SARS! Check out those inoculations. The story is here.

5th November 2003

Chopsticks may cause arthritis

Using chopsticks may cause arthritis in the hand, U.S. researchers have reported. Click here for the full story. (New link)

26th October 2003