BREAKING NEWS: Local medical student diagnosed with malaria

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BREAKING NEWS: Local medical student diagnosed with malaria
Malaria is spread by the anopheles mosquito
Malaria is spread by the anopheles mosquito

Saint Lucia has recorded an imported case of malaria, a mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite.

This is the first case for 2014.

A medical student who arrived from India on September 13 complained of fever, chills, malaise, confusion and vomiting. Tests done on Sept. 23 confirmed plasmodium vivax parasite which causes malaria. He was admitted at Victoria Hospital.

A well-placed source told St. Lucia News Online that the student attends a medical school in the north of the island and returned to St. Lucia after vacation in India.

“This young man has been presenting symptoms almost two weeks prior to his admission. This is something we need to worry about because if those students can introduce malaria to the island, an illness that was eradicated from the Caribbean, then we seriously need to consider the method of entry of foreigners on our island. We don’t have a special unit on the island to quarantine anyone who has contracted a contagious or potentially deadly illness,” a health source told SNO.

However, Glen Simon, an information officer attached to the Ministry of Health, told SNO there is no cause for panic, noting that all cases of malaria have been imported, and the disease is usually contained.

This is the eighth case of malaria in St. Lucia since 2005.

St. Lucia recorded two cases in 2005, one in 2010, one in 2011, two in 2012 and one in 2013.

Malaria is caused by plasmodium parasites which are spread to people through the bites of infected anopheles mosquitoes, called malaria vectors, which bite mainly between dusk and dawn.

The World Health Organization estimates that in 2012 malaria caused 207 million clinical episodes, and 627,000 deaths. An estimated 91 percent of deaths in 2010 were in the African region.

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  1. Lucians be careful what you say. We have students from St. Lucia studying all over the would. We have students who went back to school in September after two weeks ended up at hospital with chic. We have persons with the army who went back to work after two weeks ended at hospital with chic. There are persons working on the ships who went back to work and was sick two weeks after, Many St. Lucians went on vacation to England, Canada, US and was sick up there because of chick they returned they were still sick at their homes; are we saying the countries should deport them back here especially our students? Those of you who like to yapp uselessly be careful what you write on the media. Young man get well soon so you can catch up with your school work.

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  2. All of a sudden how many foreigners want to come and study medicine in Saint Lucia. Why can't they stay in their country it's much bigger than ours. Bringing all their illnesses and diseases on the little island. If it's not Indians it's africans

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    • what does that have to do with students studying medicine in st lucia? We should be happy that they are coming to OUR island to study! bringing in revenue for the country nd furthermore, some of these students may even decide to practice here in st lucia which will provide more doctors to our hospitals and decrease the waiting times there and increase our medical system. If it wasn't for those "foreigners' i believe almost all medical schools here would have been shut down by now or on their way, because it is these foreigners who make up the majority of the school, so our locals too, can study here. We should be thankful and not be complaining. Anyways, this is not the topic for discussion today! Right now, i think the Ministry should be on their guard and be prepared for anything. For the moment, Let us think positive people!

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  3. Deport da mun wat d hell. N y all them Indians n Africans on d island bringing in all these diseases! Not saying we shouldn't allow visitors but what the hell screen these ppl before entering the island n even when they arrive screen them at the airports. Wat that good for nothing health minister have to say about that!

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  4. st lucia health officials are not taking this matter serious.they're not trying curb the number of diseases that are infesting our island thru traveling.the whole thing is still a game to them,until it's too late to control.I studied in Cuba and people might criticize this island but indeed it has one of the best health systems.imagine,when u're entering Cuba's airport, there are health personnel(doctors and nurses) stationed at the airport waiting, at Arrivals.You form lines and go to them,They would ask u a couple of questions and give a card which say that u have to visit the health center or hospital nearest to you to do tests(medical check up) and it says why.They quarantine a lot, especially if they hear u coughing or u have the flue. these people take every bit precaution to protect their people and country.St lucia should pattern after them. If they couldn't detect that this person was sick from the airport,it's the same way an Ebola infected person would just pass thru.

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    • Aa you are cool. I like the way you refer the situation to that of Cuba. Thats a brillian advise. Most people just write and have nothing to share but if you asked me they should start that procedure immediately because if we have Ebola we will be worst than Africa. Alot of us dont understand St Lucia has noting to offer the world and our ownselves and we depend on alot of these people even if it is school or tourism so we cant stop them but we can try to stop the spread of contagous disease that they may carry with them. I am very proud of you. If we implement that we may not stop it completely as some people may be in the window period and may not show any sign how ever it may sure make a difference.
      Thanks aga Aa.

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  5. Why can't the Government in this nation ensure International Students are thoroughly checked and re-checked before entering this Island?

    Very soon EBOLA WILL BE HERE.
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  6. Wey papa eh ben look it just now St.Lucia will be invaded and then they will pass it on to neighbouring Islands during fete i am concerned

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  7. Dont mind them lucians. Sometimes is Ebola and they trying to hide it so as not to create panic. This country has a lot of west African medical students.

    Is it true that the Chikungunya virus was created in a lab and is being transported by the adyes egepti mosquito also created in a lab?

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  8. You see that,a medical student infected with the Ebola virus can return to St.lucia the same way.The so call monitoring system the Health Ministry has on our ports are making no sense.Over to you Alvinia

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  9. The disease is usually contained because IT IS LUCK. If they've been there two weeks then there is a chance mosquitoes have picked it up from him/her. It more important than ever that near his house they start fumigating and also in a lot of public areas to try and isolate them.

    Everyone better keep fingers crossed that it goes no further.

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  10. Hello, not again not here...send all these ppl back to their damn country...when is not one is the other...we need to do better than that at our ports of entry when these ppl are entering

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  11. This is jus a wake up as to how real the EBOLA threat is. It shows if we are not careful the same could happen

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  12. Dengue, chikungunya, malaria, EBOLA...smh..we better pray that the most deadly one does not reach here.

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  13. This individual has malaria, full stop.
    It is spread by mosquitos biting an infected person.
    What if mosquitos bit this individual while infected here in Saint Lucia?
    Again, he had symptoms two weeks before being admitted!!
    This means this could spread to other persons!!!

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  14. on a serious note - this is no funny matter.. Sighhh two weeks.. lord knows the number of mosquitos that have bitten this person, mated and bit someone else. We don't need this added to the current chikungunya issue. Sighhhh.... buy nets.. repellant.. whatever it takes to protect yourselves lucians. If you have insurance coverage get the malaria immunization.

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  15. Deport their ass back to their country. We don't have the space for these diseases. EVERYBODY STAY YALL ASS IN YALL COUNTRY.

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  16. "there is no cause for panic, noting that all cases of malaria have been imported, and the disease is usually contained." You believe that. What about the chicken thing?

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