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Malaria scare in Australia's refugee camp


A possible malaria scare in the Manus Island refugee detention camp has sparked new calls to label the offshore detention regime a violation of human rights.

The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre said on January 27 that a 10-year-old girl had been in the camp's medical centre with malaria-like symptoms — high fever, shivering and bodily pain.

Although it was not confirmed to be malaria, the high prevalence and infection rate of malaria on Manus Island remains cause for serious concern. When the camp was operated under the John Howard government between 2001 and 2004, 15 people contracted malaria and continued to suffer ongoing...