By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The head of Epidemiology with the Panama Ministry of Health, Leonardo Labrador, reports that cases of malaria in the country are increased during the beginning of 2021.

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According to Labrador, 1,506 malaria cases have been reported through the end of May with the East Panama Region reporting the most cases (888), followed by the Guna Yala region with 344 and Darien with 193 cases.

According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the first common symptoms of malaria (fever, headache, chills and vomiting) usually appear 10 to 15 days after the infection has occurred. If not treated quickly with effective medications, this disease can be serious, and often fatal.