WHO and partners take on malaria: the top killer in north-eastern Nigeria

Following more than 8 years of conflict in Borno state in north-eastern Nigeria, some 3.7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and all are at risk for malaria. WHO estimates that every week, around 8500 people are infected with the disease in Borno state. With the high transmission season for malaria lasting through October, WHO expects these numbers will increase. In Borno state, WHO estimates more than half of deaths recorded are currently due to malaria, more than all other causes of death combined, including cholera, measles and hepatitis E. A highly vulnerable population, consisting largely of children (58.8%), is at risk of disease outbreaks.
Source: WHO Feature Stories - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: malaria [subject], malaria [subject], African Region [region], Nigeria [country] Source Type: news

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