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Manchester man with malaria dies

Published: Tuesday January 22, 2013 | 1:38 pm Comments 0
The Mandeville Regional Hospital - File
The Mandeville Regional Hospital - File

Dave Lindo, Gleaner Writer

A man who was being treated for malaria in Manchester has died.

Alfons Klem, a German who resided in Mandeville, Manchester had been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at the Mandeville Regional Hospital for some time before he was transferred to the University Hospital of the West Indies.

Klem who was in his 50s reportedly went on a trip to a country in Africa and had received the necessary vaccine before leaving but had stayed longer than expected.

On his return to Jamaica, he fell ill and went to the Mandeville Regional Hospital where he was diagnosed for malaria and was treated.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael Combs had reported that the matter was one of two cases imported last December.

He had also reported that the patient was successfully treated but was still in hospital for other complications.

The death has sparked concern among Mandeville residents.

A close family member of deceased who asked to remain anonymous told The Gleaner that the cause of death was believed to be complications from malaria.

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