Italy Investigating How Girl Contracted, Died Of Malaria Without Leaving Country

Associated Press: Italy orders investigation after child dies of malaria
“Italy’s health ministry has ordered an investigation into the death of a four-year-old girl from malaria after checks determined she hadn’t traveled to any country at risk for the disease…” (9/6).

BBC News: Rare malaria death of girl in northern Italy puzzles doctors
“…Italy is free of the Anopheles mosquito that carries cerebral malaria, the deadliest form of the blood disease. But after a scorching August, some fear that it might have reached Italy. A flight could have brought it in. [The girl] had been on holiday with her parents at Bibione, an Adriatic resort near Venice…” (9/5).

NBC News: Malaria May Be Back in Italy After Decades Amid ‘Very Hot Summer’
“…Dr. Claudio Paternoster, director of the infectious diseases ward at Santa Chiara hospital in Trento, said that he had not seen a case of home-grown malaria during his 30-year career…” (Lavanga, 9/5).

NPR: In A Case That Is ‘Almost Impossible,’ Girl Dies Of Malaria In Italy
“…While patient-to-patient transmission of the disease is rare, it is possible. Yet Paternoster tells Corriere della Sera that the girl was treated in a different ward from [two malaria-infected children from Burkina Faso] and she did not have a blood transfusion…” (Held, 9/5).

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