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Malaria

Volume 495: debated on Tuesday 30 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the expenditure incurred by the NHS on the treatment of malaria in each of the last five years. (282879)

There has been no estimate made of national health service expenditure on the treatment of malaria in the past five years.

Malaria does not naturally occur in the United Kingdom. Cases in the UK are imported. The following table shows the number of cases diagnosed in the UK since 1999 by the Health Protection Agency's Special Pathogens Reference Unit.

Cases diagnosed

Number

1999

2,045

2000

2,069

2001

2,050

2002

1,945

2003

1,722

2004

1,660

2005

1,754

2006

1,758

2007

1,548

2008

1,370

Source:

Data provided by the Health Protection Agency's Malaria Reference Laboratory.