By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa reports a surge in malaria cases in Zimbabwe.


According to officials, the increase in malaria cases began in early March 2020. The week ending April 12, Zimbabwe saw more than 35,000 cases and 25 deaths.

Since the beginning of the year through last week, Zimbabwe has seen a cumulative total of 170,303 malaria cases, including 152 deaths (CFR 0.1%).

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.