By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews


In a follow-up on the malaria epidemic in the African country of Burundi, health officials reported an additional 112,092 cases, including 66 deaths during the week ending Aug. 11. There is a 129 percent increase in the number of cases reported in week 32 of 2019 compared to week 32 of 2018.

Since the beginning of the year, Burundi has reported 5,992,214 malaria cases and 2,192 fatalities.

Malaria in Burundi: Epidemic prompts travel notice

Malaria has been a scourge in Burundi in recent years. In fact, World Vision International reports since 2015, more than 19.7 million cases of malaria have been recorded in Burundi through 2017. With a population of 11.5 million, that’s the equivalent of nearly every Burundian getting malaria twice in those two years.