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Monday, 4 July 2016

Korea hits back with Malaria of rate 80%

The number of people infected with Malaria has jumped to 80% between 2013 to 2015. Experts suggest that this is the consequence of terminating the joint antimalarial project between North and South Korea.

Courtesy: Korean Joongang Daily
A joint treaty to combat Malaria was instigated on 2008. Gyeonggi, a province in South Korea are more prone to Malaria than other provinces in North due to much protection provided by Korean Council of Reconciliation and Cooperation with mosquito nets and other accessories. Both have a combined treaty to combat Malaria specially between June and September when mosquitoes are more active.

North Korea had been supporting the World Health Organization to combat to eradicate Malaria with antimalarial project but the joint operation was more successful. Gyeonggi in 2007 accounted for 1007 people infected with Malarial parasite and that got reduced to 490 in a year (2008) as reported by Korean Centers for Disease Control. The Gyeonggi Provincial Government with $1.79 million continued the joint operation till 2011 and successfully deduced the statistics to 382 infected individuals. Despite of several wars in between the joint operation was continued till 2012, but thereafter the number of malarial patients increased steep.

Although it was a downfall of malarial infections in between 2012 to 2013 from 257 to 228 respectively, but thereafter it increased to 311 by 2014 and then reached to 417 in 2015. It was a rise upto 82.9 percent increase in just two years.

It was surprising since the number of Anopheles mosquito (which carries the Malarial parasite Plasmodium vivax as prevalent in Asia) was reduced to 75 percent between 2012 to 2015. Hence experts believes that the disease has become prevalent with much lesser efforts undertaken by the North.

“The number of mosquitoes transmitting the parasite that causes malaria increased in North Korea due to its lack of antimalarial efforts,” said an expert who spoke on condition of anonymity to a Korean Newspaper – Korean Joongang Daily, “and those mosquitoes come down to the South.”


Source: Korea Joongang Daily
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