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Is there a risk of malaria transmission in NSW? Volume 19 Issue 7-8

Ben D. Ewald, Cameron E. Webb, David N. Durrheim, Richard C. Russell

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin 19(8) 127–131 Published online: 20 October 2008

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Ben D. Ewald

Cameron E. Webb

David N. Durrheim

Richard C. Russell


NSW has a putative malaria vector in , and increased numbers of immigrants from malaria endemic countries who may be infective to mosquitoes but asymptomatic. We examine the factors known to influence malaria transmission and conclude that local transmission is possible but unlikely. The public health implications are that there should be systematic screening of immigrants from malaria endemic countries on arrival, and that the public health capacity to identify and respond to a malaria outbreak should be maintained.