Maputo (AP) – Every year, about 400,000 people die as a result of a malaria infection. The fight against mosquito-bearing disease is difficult, especially in Africa.
The World Health Organization (WHO) will present its new annual report on malaria control in Mozambique this afternoon. WHO recently warned that the disease is spreading again after years of struggle.
The latest annual report from the WHO had once again shown a slight increase in the number of cases. Consequently, about 216 million diseases were reported from 91 countries in 2016, five million more than the year before. About 450,000 people died as a result of malaria, most of them in Africa.
About half of the world's population lives in risk areas for malaria, according to the WHO. In prosperous Asia and Latin America, however, prophylactic measures and medical treatment are significantly better than in Africa. Malaria is transmitted through pieces of Anopheles mosquito, which can carry the pathogens – so-called plasmodia – in itself.
Malaria causes fever, anemia and often neurological problems. If left untreated, it can be fatal.
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