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Praia - Malaria in Cape Verde increased from 23 to 50 cases only in October

  • Regarding to Zika virus no records since April this year, nor Dengue fever since 2010, but health authorities are maintaining the "active surveillance"

Santa Maria - 25 October - The Malaria attacks the capital Praia with 50 cases since the middle of this month and one of them died.

On 10 October there were 23 cases diagnosed, 6 indigenous and 17 imported from neighboring countries of the African Coast.

Two days later appeared the first and only deadly case, a citizen from Sao Tome who died at the Central Hospital of Praia city.

Today the Ministry of Health revealed that there are 50 cases of malaria diagnosed only in two weeks. There are 24 local and 26 cases from abroad.

In previous years there were cases of malaria on the islands of Santiago, Fogo, Maio and Boavista, but since January of this year all known patients were assisted in the Praia city.

Heavy rains of September have contributed to the proliferation of mosquitoes in stagnant water and dumps.

The Ministry of Health and Social Security keep warning the population to fight Malaria, Dengue fever and Zika virus through prevention in particular care with personal and environmental hygiene, such as washing hands and food before eating, strengthening doors, windows and beds with mosquito nets, eliminate stagnant water in public or domestic reservoirs, protect children and seek medical advice in case of disease symptoms.

Regarding to Zika virus no records since April this year, nor Dengue fever since 2010, but health authorities are maintaining the "active surveillance".

Ocean Press - Editorial Office