Untreated Malaria During Ebola Epidemic Likely Caused More Deaths Than Usual In Guinea, Analysis Shows

News outlets discuss a study published Tuesday in The Lancet Infectious Diseases examining malaria deaths during the Ebola epidemic in Guinea.

Agence France-Presse: Ebola epidemic was disaster for malaria control: study
“Untreated malaria in Guinea surged as a result of the Ebola scare and probably caused far more deaths than the dreaded hemorrhagic fever itself, doctors reported Wednesday…” (6/23).

Associated Press: Malaria killed more people than usual in Ebola outbreak
“…Mateusz Plucinski of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who led the study, said it was difficult to say how many people among the 74,000 suspected cases might have died of malaria but that it was probably ‘substantially higher’ than the number of Ebola deaths. The research was paid for by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative…” (Cheng, 6/23).

BBC News: Ebola crisis in Guinea ‘has set back malaria fight’
“…Dr. Mateusz Plucinski and colleagues analyzed how many patients clinics in Guinea were seeing before and during the Ebola epidemic that emerged there in early 2014. They sampled 60 health facilities in the most Ebola-affected districts and 60 in districts unaffected by Ebola. And they looked at malaria prescriptions dispensed before and during the epidemic…” (6/24).

The Guardian: Thousands of Guinea malaria cases go untreated amid Ebola fears
“…In the areas of Guinea hit worst by Ebola, the numbers of people seeking treatment at outpatient clinics dropped by up to 42 percent and the numbers seeking care for suspected malaria were down by 69 percent, according to the first systematic survey from one of the three countries affected by the epidemic…” (Boseley, 6/23).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Malaria deaths in Guinea likely to exceed Ebola toll as patients shun clinics
“…Untreated malaria cases were also likely to have contributed to a greater number of people with fever being admitted to overburdened Ebola treatment centers where they might have been exposed to the Ebola virus, [the study] said…” (Mis, 6/24).

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