Number Of Malaria Cases Increases Significantly In Venezuela, WHO Warns

Al Jazeera: WHO: Venezuela malaria cases jump by 69 percent
“Health experts have warned that malaria cases in Venezuela jumped by an estimated 69 percent last year, expressing concern over the spread of the disease in the crisis-hit country and other parts of Latin America. The figure was released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday, on the eve of World Malaria Day. According to the U.N. health agency’s estimates, cases of malaria in Venezuela rose from to 240,613 in 2016 to 406,000 in 2017…” (4/24).

Reuters: Malaria on rise in crisis-hit Venezuela, WHO says
“…Venezuelan migrants fleeing the economic and social crisis are carrying the mosquito-borne disease into Brazil and other parts of Latin America, the U.N. agency said, urging authorities to provide free screening and treatment regardless of their legal status to avoid further spread. ‘In the Americas, it’s not just Venezuela. We’re actually reporting increases in a number of other countries. Venezuela, yes this is a significant concern, malaria is increasing and it’s increasing in a very worrying way,’ Pedro Alonso, director of WHO’s global malaria program, told a news briefing…” (Nebehay, 4/24).

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