Hadera man in intensive care with malaria after avoiding prophylactic drugs in Africa

Although malaria has long been eradicated in Israel and easily preventable, a Hadera resident in his 20s who returned from half a year in Africa contracted it abroad and was hospitalized in an intensive care unit in serious condition, according to Hillel Yaffe Medical Center. The returning traveler complained of weakness, breathing difficulties and a high fever and was diagnosed at the Hadera hospital with malaria. Apparently, the Hillel Yaffe spokeswoman said, he did not take the prophylactic drugs that he bought for protection from the infectious and often fatal disease, which is spread by protozoan parasites carried by the Anopheles mosquito.