Malaria in pregnancy is a potentially life-threatening condition that requires urgent treatment.
In 2008, 1370 imported infections were reported in the UK, although the numbers of infected pregnant women were not identified. 79% of infections were from Plasmodium falciparum, the most dangerous form of malaria. P. falciparum affects travellers to West Africa (especially Nigeria and Ghana). P. vivax is more likely to affect travellers to Asia (especially the Indian subcontinent) and causes relapsing malaria (although there is some evidence that P. vivax is not as benign as previously thought). Travellers to South and Central America, Hispaniola, Oceania and the Middle East can also be at risk of malaria infection.