Malaria outbreak in Gombe state, Nigeria has killed 700 since 2009.

An outbreak of malaria in Gombe state has killed over 700 people in the last two and a half years. Over 100 of these deaths have occurred between February and May of 2011 alone. About 170,000 people have been infected with malaria from 2009 to May 2011, with 46,000 of those cases recorded between February and May of 2011. Over 130,000 doses of malaria drugs have been distributed to all government hospitals in the eleven local government areas in the state.

Travellers to this area should be aware of the high risk of exposure to malaria and take all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Anti-malaria medication is recommended.

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