Unusually high numbers of malaria cases reported in Salamat Region in Chad

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has recorded a major increase in malaria cases during the month of August. Although the July to November rainy season usually increases the number of infections, the increase from 1,228 cases in the first week of August to 14,021 by the end of the month is unusual. A quarter of all deaths in Chad are attributed to malaria, and it is the most common cause of death for children.

Travellers to any region where malaria transmission is occurring can reduce their risk of exposure by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Anti-malaria medication is recommended.

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