Aswan malaria outbreak under control: Health Ministry
Health Minister Adel al-Adawy - YOUM7/Sami Waheeb
By THE CAIRO POST

CAIRO: All but two of the 13 malaria-infected patients at El-Adwa village in Aswan have recovered and left the hospital according to Amr Qandil, the head of the Precautionary Medicine Department at the Ministry of Health, Youm7 reported Friday.

The remaining two hospitalized patients are in stable condition.

An outbreak of malaria in north Aswan had afflicted at least 11 last week. Some blamed the outbreak on Sudanese immigrants who came to Aswan, near the Sudanese border.

Qandil said a genetic analysis of mosquitoes collected in the region will be available within two weeks.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Adel al-Adawy said there have been no new cases of Malaria detected in Aswan since the beginning of June.

Adawy told Al-Hayat television channel Friday that 6,000 people in the area were screened for the disease and all results came back negative. He also said there is coordination between the irrigation and agriculture ministries to fill in the ponds and swamps where the mosquitoes that carry the disease can reproduce.

Cases of malaria, an infectious mosquito-borne disease are rare in Egypt, but common in neighboring Sudan. Malaria is caused by a parasite called plasmodium transmitted through the bites of infected female mosquitoes. It multiplies in the liver and infects red blood cells, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) website.

Malaria symptoms include fever, headache and vomiting. These symptoms usually appear 10 to 15 days after the mosquito bite. If not treated, malaria can become life threatening by obstructing blood supply to vital organs. In some instances, the parasite can become resistant to some anti-malarial medicines.

There were an estimated 627,000 malaria deaths worldwide in 2012, 90 percent of which occurred in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the WHO’s 2013 malaria report.

ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY DANA EL HADEDE, HAGAR HOUSAM AND ROFAYDA AWADEEN

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