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Increased number of cases: WHO presents malaria reports



Maputo (AP) – Every year, around 400,000 people die from malaria infections. The fight against mosquito-borne diseases is difficult, especially in Africa.

The World Health Organization (WHO) will present a new annual report on malaria control in Mozambique this afternoon. The WHO warned some time ago that the disease is now spreading again after years of struggling.

The latest WHO annual report once again shows a slight increase in the number of cases. Thus, in 2016, around 216 million diseases from 91 countries were reported, five million more than the previous year. About 450,000 people die from malaria, mostly in Africa.

About half of the world's population lives in areas at risk of malaria, according to WHO. But in prosperous Asia and Latin America, prophylactic measures and medical care are significantly better than in Africa. Malaria is transmitted by the bite of the Anopheles mosquito, which can carry pathogens – called plasmodia – in itself.

Malaria causes fever, anemia and often neurological problems. If not handled, it can be fatal.

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