The Ministry of Public Health in Betroka district, Madagascar are reporting thousands of malaria cases in recent weeks, according to an L’Express report (computer translated).
More than 600 cases of malaria are being reported weekly in the district and more than 2000 cases have been reported in less than a month.
Betroka is not the only district battling malaria. Ihosy, Sakaraha and Amparafaravola are also reporting increases of the mosquito-borne parasitic infection.
The rise concerns health authorities as this time of year is typically the low season for malaria.
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 2017 an estimated 219 million cases of malaria occurred worldwide and 435,000 people died, mostly children in the African Region.