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Ebola Linked to Rise in Malaria Deaths in Guinea

Posted 24 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 – The Ebola epidemic in West Africa appears to have led to an increase in malaria deaths last year, a new study finds. Research in Guinea, one of the countries hardest hit by the Ebola epidemic, indicates an extra 74,000 cases of malaria went untreated in 2014, compared to previous years. As a result, deaths associated with malaria (a mosquito-borne disease) also rose and will likely exceed Ebola deaths in Guinea, researchers reported June 23 in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. "One problem is that the early symptoms of malaria [fever, headache and body aches] mimic those of Ebola virus disease," said study author Dr. Mateusz Plucinski, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Malaria is one of the main causes of fever and health facilities visits in Guinea, but our data suggest that since the start of the Ebola epidemic, people with fevers ... Read more

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