Health Care Service Disruptions Due To Ebola In West Africa Likely Led To Additional Malaria Deaths, Study Suggests

News outlets report on a study published in The Lancet suggesting some malaria deaths in West Africa are attributable to health care interruptions because of the Ebola epidemic.

Agence France-Presse: Ebola outbreak likely driving malaria deaths: study
“The collapse of health services in three West African countries devastated by Ebola may have caused some 11,000 additional deaths from malaria, a preventable and curable disease, researchers said Friday…” (4/23).

HealthDay/U.S. News: Ebola Outbreak May Have Led to Almost 11,000 Additional Malaria Deaths: Study
“…Another 3,900 extra malaria deaths may have been caused by the interruption of delivery of insecticide-treated sleeping nets, the British researchers said. … The study estimates that if the health care system returns to pre-Ebola levels, more than 15,000 malaria deaths will be prevented in 2015…” (4/23).

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