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Malaria Maps Reveal High Risk Of Malaria In Africa

News outlets report on the findings of a study recently published in The Lancet on malarial infections in Africa.

Agence France-Presse: Malaria: High risk focused in 10 African countries
“Gains in fighting malaria in sub-Saharan Africa have left the highest risk for the disease concentrated in 10 countries, according to a study published on Wednesday by The Lancet medical journal. Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Mozambique, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Guinea, and Togo together account for 87 percent of areas that have the highest prevalence of malaria, it said…” (2/19).

BBC News: ‘Keep focus’ on fighting malaria in Africa, doctors say
“Tackling malaria in Africa has had ‘great successes’ but the world must ‘not take the foot off the gas,’ doctors warn. Their detailed analysis of the disease, published in The Lancet, shows 184 million people still live in areas where more than half of children show signs of malarial infection…” (Gallagher, 2/19).

Wellcome Trust: Malaria maps reveal that 184 million Africans still live in extremely high-risk areas despite decade of control efforts
“Forty African countries showed reductions in malaria transmission between 2000-2010, but despite this progress, more than half (57 percent) of the population in countries endemic for malaria continue to live in areas of moderate to intense transmission, with infection rates over 10 percent. The findings are based on a series of prevalence maps for malaria published this week in The Lancet…” (Senthilingam, 2/19).