By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

In a follow-up on the malaria situation in Burundi in 2019, the World Health Organization reports a progressive increase in cases in the past year across all 46 districts of Burundi.

Malaria life cycle/CDC

Since the beginning of the year, 8,392,921 malaria cases, including 3,113 deaths have been reported. The population in the landlocked country in Southeast Africa is estimated at 11.53 million in 2019.

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.

In 2018, malaria afflicted 228 million people and killed an estimated 405,000, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa.

While malaria cases have dropped significantly in Southeast Asia in the past decade, countries in Africa reported an increase of 1 million cases from 2017 to 2018, and the continent accounted for almost 94% of global cases and deaths from the disease in 2018.

Malaria is a disease caused by a parasite that spreads to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Early symptoms of malaria resemble those of the flu, including fever, chills, sweats, headache, vomiting, and body aches. Without prompt diagnosis and treatment, malaria can rapidly progress to severe illness and death.

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