TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

Malaria, meningitis cases increase in Mali

Malaria, meningitis cases increase in Mali. | Courtesy of biothreatsmitre.org
Health officials in Mali recently announced that there has been a resurgence of malaria with multiple new meningitis cases throughout the region.

There has been a sharp rise in malaria cases located in Mali’s northern areas as well as other regions during the last few weeks.

To support the Ministry of Health in Mali, the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as its health partners, have provided the area with care and support for the cases that have been confirmed. These interventions have helped mobile clinics located throughout Timbuktu, Gao and Kidal. In addition, there are ongoing investigations to discover if the epidemic threshold has been attained or not.

Every year, health officials watch a resurgence in malaria cases during Mali’s rainy season. The resurgence of the illness may be connected to the rainy season, especially since this year has had irregularly high rainfall. This has resulted in stagnant water where mosquitoes can breed.

In addition to malaria, there have been eight cases of meningitis recorded in Timbuktu. There have also been two meningitis deaths within the health district of Goundam since Aug. 2015. This current figure does not meet alert or epidemic thresholds, as set by the WHO.

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