In the United States, approximately 1,700 cases of imported malaria occur each year, with approximately 37 percent of these cases occur in women, including 5-6 percent who are pregnant at the time they are infected. Malaria is caused by plasmodium parasite and is transmitted in humans through the bite of Anopheles mosquito.
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"In countries where cases of malaria are infrequent, these symptoms may be attributed to influenza, a cold, or other common infections, especially if malaria is not suspected", the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say. Incidence of deadly form of falciparum malaria has been remarkably reduced over the last five years. All cases we have in the country are imported, meaning they have been acquired overseas.
Out of this figure, Africa accounted for 407,000 deaths from malaria in 2016. There are different subtypes of malaria parasites and the variety that causes the most lethal complications are commonly found in African countries which are south of the Sahara Desert, Asian subcontinent, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Haiti.
In the first 14 weeks of 2018, Vietnam reported over 1,700 malaria cases, up 7.45 percent from the same period a year ago, with the Central Highlands and southern Binh Phuoc provinces carrying the majority of the national malaria burden, according to the Ministry of Health (MoH).
World Health Organisation does not have enough resources to eradicate malaria in Nigeria as required by the Malaria Elimination Global Strategy, the body has said. Almost half the world's population still contracts it every year.
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"Resistance to treatment presents the biggest threat to the incredible progress that has been made in the fight against malaria in the past 20 years".
Binka congratulated African countries such as Egypt and Morocco which had been malaria free since 2000 including Algeria, which achieved the feat in 2016.
According to the most recent world malaria report, more countries are advancing towards elimination of Malaria.
"And, we need new and improved tools to prevent, diagnose and treat malaria", Alonso said.
The MalaFa report said malaria remains a major public health issue in Nigeria with close to 76% of the population at endangered by the disease.
According to him, "All hope is not lost but the government in partnership with foreign organisations must show willingness and commitment to combat this Malaria epidemic in Nigeria".