Malaria’s Sudden Surge in Burundi

Malaria has claimed more than 1,800 lives in Burundi so far this year—roughly the same toll as the yearlong Ebola outbreak in the DRC that has captured global attention.
 
Cases of malaria have nearly doubled in Burundi this year to 5.7 million, according to a recent UN situation report. The country has a population of 11 million.
 
The movement of people from mountainous areas where there is low immunity, along with climate change and a paucity of mosquito nets and other preventive resources are behind the surge in cases, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
 
AFP via Al Jazeera

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