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Malaria Control Efforts Challenging Amid Ebola Epidemic In West African Nations

Associated Press: Malaria killing thousands more than Ebola in West Africa
“West Africa’s fight to contain Ebola has hampered the campaign against malaria, a preventable and treatable disease that is claiming many thousands more lives than the dreaded virus…” (Faul, 12/28).

Nature: Side effects vex anti-malaria push in Sierra Leone
“…In early December, public health workers distributed malaria medication to 2.52 million people in Sierra Leone. The effort was meant to curb the number of malaria cases as the disease approaches its peak season, and reduce, in turn, the number of people whose symptoms could be mistaken for those of Ebola. … But the side effects of the drugs can limit the efficacy of this approach, known as mass drug administration (MDA)…” (Maxmen, 1/3).

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