Health Officials In Africa Should Begin Consulting Weather Forecasts To Help Predict Malaria Outbreaks, Expert Says

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Doctors must check weather forecasts to stop epidemics in their tracks
“Health agencies in Africa need to start consulting seasonal weather forecasts to help prepare for malaria epidemics and ensure outbreaks are spotted early and curbed before they become severe, a malaria expert said. Rising temperatures, floods, and droughts can cause major epidemics in areas not usually affected by malaria, particularly as people may lack immunity to the disease and are therefore more likely to fall ill or even die, said Tarekegn Abeku, senior technical specialist at international non-profit Malaria Consortium…” (Whiting, 4/6).

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