Health Ministry: 13 people infected with malaria in Aswan
Health Minister Adel al-Adawy - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Thirteen citizens tested positive for malaria in Upper Egypt’s governorate of Aswan, undersecretary of the Ministry of Health for Preventive Medicine Amr Kandil said, reported Youm7 reported.

Kandil, who is currently in Aswan, asserted that the infected cases are of a “mild, benign, and curable” malaria type. He also said that the 13 cases, two of which are expected to be cured soon, are being treated in Aswan University Hospital and are in stable condition.

The disease was first was observed first two weeks ago in Al-Adwa village, 90 km south of Aswan. Kandil said the outbreak might have come from the Sudanese migrants living in the village.

“A Sudanese citizen, who came to Aswan looking for job opportunities, may have been infected with the disease,” Kandil said.

“Malaria is a widespread in Africa, particularly in Sudan, but it does not exist in Egypt,” Kandil said and emphasized that the 13 cases do not indicate there will be an epidemic in Egypt.

Kandil said the ministry dispatched a team to Aswan’s town of Edfu and nearby villages to monitor the seriousness of the outbreak, and it would would collect samples of mosquitoes in the area for examination, conduct blood tests for locals in several nearby villages, and spray the habitats of mosquito larvae with insecticide.

Malaria is a mosquito-born disease with symptoms of periodic attacks of fever, headache, and vomiting that usually appears between 10-15 days after infection, according to World Health Organization (WHO).

Malaria is caused by a parasite called plasmodium, which is transmitted via bites of infected mosquitoes. In the human body, the parasites multiply in the liver and then infect red blood cells.

If Malaria is not treated, it can be fatal, as it disrupts the blood supply to vital organs.

There were an estimated 627,000 malaria deaths worldwide in 2012, most of which (90 percent) occurred in the sub-Saharan Africa, according to the WHO’s 2012 malaria report.

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