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Malaria incidence at historically low levels since the first semester of 2021


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The pathway towards the elimination of malaria continues to track well across the kingdom, where confirmed cases of malaria have been in steep decline since the first semester of 2021. Without losing sight of the Covid-19 pandemic, malaria remains an issue that local and global authorities are still trying to eliminate.


World Health Organization Dr Li Ailan told Khmer Times recently that malaria incidence has decreased to historically low levels in the first semester of 2021, despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Plasmodium falciparum is the strongest of the parasites that causes malaria in humans, and is especially in decline, a very good indicator.


“193 Plasmodium falciparum has been reported from Jan to Jul in this year showing a reduction of 72% compared to the same period in 2020. A 69% decrease has also been observed in Plasmodium vivax cases with a stable number of tests performed,” she said. Plasmodium vivax is the most common of the malaria causing parasites, although less strong, and therefore potentially deadly, than Plasmodium falciparum.


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