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Malaria epidemic expected in Mozambique

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7236.669 (Published 11 March 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:669
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Johannesburg

    Health experts fear epidemics of several infectious deseases in Mozambique as the flood waters recede and mosquitoes begin breeding.

    According to Pierre Kahozi of the Maputo office of the World Health Organization, malaria is endemic in the region but there are fears that a much greater outbreak might occur in around a month. It is too early to tell if the situation has already worsened markedly, he said.

    Scores of suspected cases of cholera have been reported and more are expected, along with cases of other diarrhoeal conditions. The Mozambican government has reported a “high degree” of cholera and malaria in camps. Cholera is endemic in Maputo and Beira, but numbers of cases are expected to …

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