While in previous years the number of malaria cases declined steadily worldwide, last year, their numbers stabilized. This is apparent from the World Health Organization's (WHO) report today on the state of malaria in the world. According to her, the doctors should focus on a disturbing retreat in the fight against this infectious disease carried by females of the Anopheles mosquito.
According to the WHO report, 219 million cases of malaria occurred worldwide this year, about two million more than in the previous year. Disease suffered 435,000 people last year. By contrast, between 2010 and 2015, the number of malaria cases declined steadily; from 239 million cases in 2010 to 214 million in 2015. In 2010, the disease fell short of 607,000 people, in 2013 their number was reduced to 500,000.
"The problem is that we have stopped progress," Pedro Alonso, director of the WHO Malaria Program at the WHO, told Reuters. According to him, there is a need to improve the current approach to fighting the disease.
WHO is now focusing mainly on areas where the disease is most likely to be caused by the disease. The report shows that 70 percent of cases of malaria and death from its consequences have occurred in ten African countries, including Cameroon, Nigeria or Congo, and then in India.
Malaria symptoms include fever, fever, sweating, joint and headaches, vomiting and convulsions. The illness does not have to be fatal if treated in time.