More Than 150 Die Of Malaria In Zimbabwe

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At least 150 people have died of malaria in Zimbabwe over the past two months, with nearly 90 000 infections recorded, a government official said Monday, blaming the upsurge on intense rains.

“We have seen increased cases of malaria due to the more rains received this year that increased the breeding grounds for mosquitoes,” Joseph Mberikunashe, malaria director in the ministry of health, told AFP.

Mberikunashe said 151 deaths and 89 261 malaria cases had been recorded in the past two months following heavy rains that also caused deadly floods. He said that while a rise in malaria cases was expected after the rains, some of the deaths may have been caused by delays in seeking medical care.

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