In a follow-up to the malaria outbreak in northern Uganda, which has been ongoing for some two months and health officials say things only seem to be getting worse.
Local media report that the 10 districts in the north facing the surge of malaria are now seeing between 8,000 to 10,000 cases per week, up from 3,000 per week just recently.
The total number of malaria cases reported since the beginning of the outbreak was not disclosed; however, in mid-July we reported there were 23,000 cases. This number must be much higher today based on what we are hearing.
The affected districts include Lamwo, Gulu, Kitgum, Oyam, Agago, Apac, Amuru, Kole, Nwoya and Pader.
Dr Myers Lugemwa, the deputy programme manager, Malaria Control Programme at the Ministry of Health suggests that the surge of new infections may be linked to evolved, resistant mosquitoes.
Robert Herriman is a microbiologist and the Editor-in-Chief of Outbreak News Today
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