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The 2017 malaria avalanche

April 2, 2017 - 19:29 -- Pierre Lutgen

Bigpharma-WHO-Gates desperately try to ignore peer reviewed scientific papers documenting the spread of ACT resistance in at least 12 African countries (see “Artemisinin resistance In Africa” www.malariaworld.org).

Several medical teams in Africa have demonstrated in randomized, double blind clinical trials that Artemisia infusions are powerful in therapy and prophylaxis (see “Breaking news from clinical trials with Artemisia plants” www.malariaworld.org).

How long will the business and genocide with nets, pills and dubious vaccines last, before WHO authorizes the therapy with herbal Artemisia?

ZIMBABWE THE MALARIA CASES SURGE (Abigal Mwonde in The Herald, April 1. 2017).

The country has recorded a significant increase in malaria cases compared to the same period in the last two years according to the Ministry of Health. Dr Mberkunashe said 119 593 cases were recorded in the first 11 weeks of this year compared to 73 019 and 82 328 cases for the same periods in 2016 and 2015.

ALARMING RECRUDESCENCE IN NAMIBIA (Alvin Kapitako, New Era. Mar 29, 2017)

“Unfortunately, a resurgence occurred over the past three years with 24 682 cases reported in 2016, and 87 people succumbed to the disease,” said Haufiku. The minister added: “As evidenced by the outbreaks observed in 2014, 2016 and 2017, Namibia remains at risk for malaria epidemics and resurgence.” Ironically significant progress was made towards the goal of eradicating malaria with a 96 percent reduction in cases and deaths since 2001.

MALARIA IN 20 DISTRICTS, SPREADING AT ALARMING RATE (Deccan Chronicle. Apr 1, 2017),

While malaria was confined to Udupi and Dakshina Kannada in the past, it has now spread to eight districts of North Karnataka. Alarmed at the rate at which malaria is spreading in the state, the government is preparing to tackle it on a war footing. While malaria was confined to Udupi and Dakshina Kannada in the past, it has now spread to eight districts of North Karnataka and sporadic cases are being reported from another 12 districts, according to Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Shalini Rajaneesh. “Malaria is now found in around 20 districts of the state and is spreading at an alarming rate,” she told reporters here.

BURUNDI MALARIA OUTBREAK KILLS OVER 4000 THIS YEAR (Rodney Muhumuza in Washington Post. March 29)

An outbreak of malaria has killed over 4,000 people in Burundi so far this year, the United Nations said Wednesday, a dramatic rise over the 700 victims the government announced just two weeks ago. There have been over 9 million cases of malaria in the East African nation since January 2016, according to the report by the U.N. humanitarian office. Burundi, one of the world’s poorest countries, has a population of about 11 million. The malaria cases are “well beyond the epidemic threshold,” the report said, citing World Health Organization investigators.

NIGERIA: 10 000 MALARIA, MENINGITIS PATIENTS IN 9 DAYS (Damilola Akinola, Nigerian Tribune April 2)

Sokoto State Government says it has treated no fewer than 10,000 meningitis and malaria patients since March 20 following the high alert in the state health sector. The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Balarabe Kakale, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Sokoto. They were treated of mixed cases of meningitis and malaria with some pockets of other minor ailments.

BOTSWANA: LEADERSHIP TACKELS MALARIA OUTBREAK (E Mmolai, Daily News Mar 27)

As a mitigating measure to the Malaria outbreak, North West leadership has agreed to embark on a massive indoor residual re-spraying exercise in the district. This comes after an announcement by health officials that the district was hard hit by the epidemic as currently it recorded 794 cases of Malaria and five deaths in the highly affected region.

PRETORIA: THE TRUTH ABOUT MALARIA OUTBREAK (Theto Mahlangu, The Citizen Mar 23)

The department recently distributed pamphlets, urging residents to, among other things, stay indoors between sunset and sunrise, or wear long pants, socks and shirts with long sleeves when they have to go outside. Other precautionary measures include to keep windows and doors closed before dark.

IN COLOMBIA; ECUADOR THE INCREASING TREND OF MALARIA CASES CONTNUED IN 2016,

Eight of the 21 endemic countries (the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Peru) reported an increase in cases compared to the previous year.According to a new Pan American Health Organization Epidemiological Alert this week, UN health officials are reporting an increase in malaria transmission in certain areas of this region in 2016, including an increase in the most serious strain of the mosquito borne parasite, Plasmodium falciparum.In summary a 16% increase compared to the cases reported in 2014

MALARIA RAISE IN RWANDA

According to 2016 WHO report "In November 2016 we registered nearly 700,000 cases countrywide. We also noticed the resistance to insecticide," Aimable Mbiturumuremyi, an official at Rwanda's Health Ministry stated

ANGOLA: MALARIA DEATHS RISING Reporting by Herculano Coroado;

"This new malaria outbreak has devastated the entire country, even in provinces that have low endemic prevalence we are seeing the spread and surge in cases," the WHO's Angola representative Hernando Agudelo Ospina said.

MALARIA EPIDEMIC OUTBREAKS IN RDCONGO Célestin N. Nsibu, Reference: MWJ2015, 6, 11 part I: cross-sectional survey in Mweka District A series of fever outbreaks has previously been reported in the DR Congo

MALAWI GOVERNEMENT IS FACING MALARIA CHALLENGE

Nyassa Times, Zawadi Chilunga, Mar 15 2017 Malawi government is facing challenges to fight malaria that kills many people every day, with the news about the acute shortage of anti-malarial drugs in the countr. Ministry of Health spokesperson Adrian Chikumbe confirmed that public health facilities have run out of the essential drugs such as Lumerfantrine Artemether commonly known as LA.Venezuela: cases of malaria surge 76%

 

TANZANIA: MALARIA SEEN ESCALATING

Dodoma — The government has released a statement to mark "Universal Malaria Day" that indicates that the current infection rate status in the country is worse compared to the situation that prevailed in the past five years.

According to a press release given out in Dodoma yesterday by the Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elders and Children, Ms Ummy Mwalimu the infection rate this year has reached 14.8 per cent compared to 10 per cent in the year 2012.

MALARIA OUTBREAK IN MADAGASCAR

The surprise here was to observe one in a zone of high transmission where people are supposed to have developed immunity.

 

In COLOMBIA, ECUADOR, VENEZUELA the increasing trend of malaria cases continued in 2016.

 

In 2015, eight of the 21 endemic countries (the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Peru) reported an increase in cases compared to the previous year.According to a new Pan American Health Organization Epidemiological Alert this week, UN health officials are reporting an increase in malaria transmission in certain areas of this region in 2016, including an increase in the most serious strain of the mosquito borne parasite, Plasmodium falciparum.In summary a 16% increase compared to the cases reported in 2014.

IN LIMPOPO S.A. MALARIA CASES RISE 50%

Malaria remains a serious public health threat as it could easily rebound, the NICD’s deputy director, Lucille Blumberg, warned on 02 May 2017.

Recent papers indeed ring  alarm bells

Plasmodium chabaudi malaria parasites through a step-wise increase in artesunate dose evolve extremely rapidly slow clearance rates. These slower clearance rates provide fitness advantages to the parasite through increased overall density, recrudescence after treatment and increased transmission potential. Removal of only the susceptible parasites by artesunate treatment led to substantial increases in the densities of resistant parasites.

LC Pollitt, S Huijben, A Read, Rapid response to selection and increased transmission potential in artesunate-selected Plasmodium parasites, PloS Pathogens 2014, 10,4, e1004019.

The same research team found that mixed infections also are frequent in the mosquito. Mixed strains are obtained after multiple infective bites and accumulate in the mosquito and increase malaria transmission to the vertebrate host, with implications for the evolution of the parasite virulence and the spread of drug resistant strains

LC Pollitt, A Read, Existing infection facilitates establishment and density of malaria parasites in the mosquito vector. PLOS Pathogens, 2015, e1005003

CAPE VERDE: ‘Sudden and unprecedented increase’ in malaria in 2017

SOUTH SUDAN : Over 4,000 people have died from Malaria in the past six months. (AFP)

 

The Malaria disease is spread in an “unprecedented” level in South Sudan, killing thousands in the past six months, revealed an official in the health ministry. Isaac Maber told Asharq Al-Awsat that at least 4,000 people have died from Malaria since February, with over 900,000 also being infected.

 

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Submitted by William Jobin on

Thank you Pierre for pointing out the many places in Africa where malaria is surging. If WHO would establish a statistically valid manner for monitoring global transmission, they would know what is really happening. When is Geneva going to wake up?
Bill

William Jobin Director of Blue Nile Associates

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The Ministry of Health has confirmed an increase in malaria cases in Uasin Gishu County but said there was no cause for alarm.
“We started seeing an increase of people admitted with malaria last month, but we may not really know what caused it,” said Dr Philip Muthoka of the department of disease surveillance and response.

Between March 6 and March 27, 112 cases have been reported from Turbo alone,” Dr Muthoka added.
The head of the National Malaria Control Programme Dr Waqo Ejersa said the spike in malaria cases reported in parts of the Rift Valley is normal during the rainy season.
"Kapsokoi Ward in Turbo constituency is the worst hit with the disease and the numbers are set to increase in the next few weeks. This is according to the latest data the county government has received," said Dr Evans Kiprotich, the Uasin Gishu County health director.
The cases are however expected to drop as from July due to reduced rainfall..
He said they had started distributing mosquito nets as well as increased awareness campaigns to ensure that the locals understand prevention tactics.
Dr Kiprotich added that: "It is not an outbreak or epidemic because malaria disease is under control in the county."

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Dodoma — The government has released a statement to mark "Universal Malaria Day" that indicates that the current infection rate status in the country is worse compared to the situation that prevailed in the past five years.

According to a press release given out in Dodoma yesterday by the Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elders and Children, Ms Ummy Mwalimu the infection rate this year has reached 14.8 per cent compared to 10 per cent in the year 2012.