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Ebola crisis in Guinea 'has set back fight on malaria'

AFRICA
By Agencies | June 24th 2015

The continuing Ebola epidemic in Guinea has set back the country’s fight against malaria, experts said. They estimate 74,000 cases of malaria went untreated in 2014 because clinics were either closed or patients were too scared to seek help.

They warn that malaria deaths since the Ebola outbreak began will far exceed the number of Ebola deaths in the country - which now stand at 2,444. Their report is in the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal. Both Ebola and malaria cause fever.

The authors of the Lancet report say fear surrounding the Ebola virus might have stopped patients in Guinea going to see a doctor to get this symptom checked. Experts analysed how many patients clinics in Guinea were seeing before and during the Ebola epidemic.

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