Document Detail


The impact of malaria control on perceptions of tourists and tourism operators concerning malaria prevalence in KwaZulu-Natal, 1999/2000 versus 2002/2003.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17367479     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
BACKGROUND: Although the regional approach to malaria control between South Africa, Swaziland, and Mozambique has significantly decreased malaria risk in the Lubombo corridor, many facility owners' and tourists' malaria risk perception has remained unchanged. A large percentage are still unaware of the extensive malaria control efforts in the region and subsequent malaria reductions in the Lubombo corridor. METHODS: A questionnaire-based follow-up survey was carried out in northern KwaZulu-Natal in the 1999/2000 and 2002/2003 malaria seasons. Tourists and tourist facility owners/managers were interviewed on their perceptions pertaining to malaria risk. RESULTS: In the 1999/2000 malaria season, 18% of tourist facilities in northern KwaZulu-Natal were in areas where 5 to 25 malaria cases per 1,000 population were recorded, and 68% were in areas where <5 malaria cases per 1,000 population were recorded. A major reduction in malaria cases was achieved by the end of the 2002/2003 malaria season. None (0%) of the tourist facilities were in areas where 5 to 25 malaria cases per 1,000 population were recorded, and 98% were in areas where malaria cases were lower than five cases per 1,000 population. CONCLUSION: The survey of local and international tourists and tourist facility operators in northern KwaZulu-Natal revealed that there was a discrepancy between perceived and actual malaria risk. The perceived malaria risk among both local and international tourists and facility operators needs to be addressed by distributing updated malaria risk information on an annual basis.
Authors:
Francois Maartens; Brian Sharp; Bronwyn Curtis; Jotham Mthembu; Issak Hatting
Related Documents :
22736149 - Expression of sox10 and c-kit in sinonasal mucosal melanomas arising in the chinese pop...
16438209 - Prevalence of dengue fever and dengue hemorrhagic fever in hospital tengku ampuan rahim...
769569 - Transfusion malaria as a consequence of the 1974 war between turkey and greece--two cases.
19041109 - Recurrence rate of vivax malaria in the republic of korea.
21878089 - Precocious puberty in an infant with hepatoblastoma: a case report.
21915449 - Oral propranolol as a new treatment for facial infantile hemangioma: case report.
9645259 - A study of allergy to penicillin antibiotics in 1995 in the child allergy department of...
964999 - Acromesomelic dwarfism: description of a patient and comparison with previously reporte...
17355859 - Metastasis to the eye and orbit from renal cell carcinoma--a report of three cases and ...
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of travel medicine     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1195-1982     ISO Abbreviation:  J Travel Med     Publication Date:    2007 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-03-19     Completed Date:  2007-05-11     Revised Date:  2009-07-07    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9434456     Medline TA:  J Travel Med     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  96-104     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Malaria Lead Programme, South African Medical Research Council, Durban, South Africa. francois.maartens@mrc.ac.za
Export Citation:
APA/MLA Format     Download EndNote     Download BibTex
MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Attitude
Climate
Data Collection
Humans
Information Dissemination
Malaria / drug therapy,  epidemiology*,  prevention & control*
Prevalence
Public Opinion*
South Africa / epidemiology
Travel*
Comments/Corrections
Comment In:
J Travel Med. 2007 Nov-Dec;14(6):415; author reply 415-6   [PMID:  17995540 ]

From MEDLINE®/PubMed®, a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine


Previous Document:  The safety and tolerance of atovaquone/proguanil for the long-term prophylaxis of plasmodium falcipa...
Next Document:  Comparison of immunofluorescence antibody testing and two enzyme immunoassays in the serologic diagn...