Spike in malaria in Africa

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There has been a spike in malaria cases in Benguela, the coastal province of Angola, Africa, with more than 8,000 cases and 50 deaths recorded in a recent 10-day period. The outbreak is believed to be due to poor sanitation.

However, the province of Luanda carries the highest malaria burden. This is where more than 75,000 of the almost 308,000 cases reported this year have occurred.

Travellers are warned that Africa presents a significant malaria risk and can discuss the need for anti-malaria medication with a trained health professional.