Ebola crisis in Guinea ‘has set back malaria fight’

Ebola crisis in Guinea 'has set back malaria fight'

The continuing Ebola epidemic in Guinea has set back the country’s fight against malaria, say experts.

They estimate 74,000 cases of malaria went untreated in 2014 because clinics were either closed or patients were too scared to seek help.

They warn that malaria deaths since the Ebola outbreak began will far exceed the number of Ebola deaths in the country – which now stand at 2,444.

Their report is in the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal.

Both Ebola and malaria cause fever. The authors of the Lancet report say fear surrounding the Ebola virus may have stopped patients in Guinea going to see a doctor to get this symptom checked.

‘Extra burden’

Dr Mateusz Plucinski and colleagues analysed how many patients clinics in Guinea were seeing before and during the Ebola epidemic that emerged there in early 2014.

They sampled 60 health facilities in the most Ebola-affected districts and 60 in districts unaffected by Ebola.

And they looked at malaria prescriptions dispensed before and during the epidemic.

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-33236292

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