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Malaysia Records 0 Domestic Malaria Cases Since 2018

Malaysia Records 0 Domestic Malaria Cases Since 2018

Hakim Hassan

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It’s been close to 2 years since Malaysia last reported a domestic malaria case and the country is set to receive the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) malaria free-status if it continues that way until 2021.

The Star reported that more than 5,000 indigenous malaria cases were reported in the country ten years ago in 2010 before dropping gradually, which was then followed by a drastic drop in 2015 to more than 200 cases.

WHO defines an indigenous malaria case as infections contracted locally with no evidence of importation and no direct link to transmission from an imported case

However, the Ministry of Health said that zoonotic malaria which is carried by parasites on monkeys and also imported malaria – infection cases whose origin can be traced to a malarious area outside the country are still reported.

3,941 malaria cases were reported in 2019 and 3,223 (81.8%) cases were zoonotic malaria, 620 (15.7%) cases were imported malaria cases while 98 (2.5%) cases were classified as others.

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