By NewsDesk @bactiman63
The Brazil Ministry of Health reported recently a decrease in malaria cases in the country. Data from the Ministry of Health’s National Malaria Prevention and Control Program reveals in 2021, the country recorded 140,385 cases, a reduction of almost 28% compared to 2017.
In Brazil, more than 99% of autochthonous cases (locally transmitted) are registered in the Amazon region (all states in the North region – Acre, Amapá, Amazonas, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima and Tocantins -, in addition to Maranhão and Mato Grosso), with 33 municipalities concentrating 80% of the disease burden.
In the region of the Americas, malaria cases decreased by 58% (from 1.5 million to 0.65 million) comparing 2000 with 2020. Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela are responsible for more than 77% of cases in the region. In relation to deaths, there was a reduction of 56%.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2020, 241 million new cases of malaria were reported worldwide, 5.2% more than in the previous year, reaching 85 countries. There were also about 627 thousand deaths from the disease, which represents about 12% more than in the previous year.