Health officials in Uíge Province in northwestern Angola have reported 275,000 malaria cases for the first 11 months of 2017, according to Agencia Angola Press.
In addition, 700 malaria-related deaths were recorded, primarily in children.
Health minister, Sílvia Lutucuta has called on urgent action in the malaria battle, not only in Uíge, but elsewhere–“We are worried, not just with the situation in Uige Province, but also in other regions of the country where malaria is reaching alarming proportions”.
Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite. People with malaria often experience fever, chills, and flu-like illness. Left untreated, they may develop severe complications and die. In 2016 an estimated 216 million cases of malaria occurred worldwide and 445,000 people died, mostly children in the African Region.
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