CAIRO: Egypt is totally Malaria free, Health Ministry official said Saturday, according to Youm7
“If anybody caught malaria in Egypt, it must have infected him from abroad,” said spokesperson of the health ministry, Hossam Abdel Ghaffar in a phone call with Sabah On TV program Saturday.
Ghaffar’s statement comes in the wake of claims of emergency state declared in Luxor governorate after larvae have been detected in Malaria transmitting mosquitoes.
Ministry of Health has discovered 50 center points for Malaria transmitting mosquitoes’ larvae in Esna town south of Luxor. Luxor Governor, Mohamed Badr, announced emergency state immediately.
Malaria symptoms include fever and shaking chills which are similar to flu symptoms,
Chairman Department of ailments at the National Research Center, Ashraf Barakat told Youm7.
Almost 90 percent of Malaria infections are found in sub-Sahran Africa, and it kills a child every 40 seconds. The disease kills from one to two million persons and infects from 300 to 500 persons yearly, according to World Health Organization (WHO)’s statistics.
Malaria killed 584K in 2013, from which78 percent are children aged below five. Most of these deaths occurred in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) statistics.