Brazil reports decrease in malaria
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The Brazilian Ministry of Health recently reported a decrease in malaria cases in the country. Data from the National Malaria Prevention and Control Program of the Ministry of Health revealed that in 2021, the country recorded 140,385 cases, a decrease of nearly 28% compared to 2017.
In Brazil, more than 99% of the original (locally transmitted) cases were recorded in the Amazon (all states in the northern region – Acre, Amapa, Amazonas, Pará, Rondônia, Roraima and Tocantins – plus Maranhão and Mato Grosso), with 33 municipalities concentrated 80% of the burden of disease .
In the Americas region, malaria cases decreased by 58% (from 1.5 million to 0.65 million) compared to the year 2000 with 2020. Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela are responsible for more than 77% of cases in the region. Regarding mortality, there was a decrease of 56%.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2020, 241 million new cases of malaria were reported worldwide, up 5.2% from the previous year, to reach 85 countries. There were also about 627,000 deaths from the disease, which is about 12% more than the previous year.