Statistics from 2010 reported close to 2,800,000 malaria cases and over 8,000 deaths as a result of malaria in Angola. Malaria is responsible for around 35 percent of fatalities in children under five years of age, and 60 percent of admissions of young children to hospitals in Angola result from malaria. Caused by the transmission of parasites through mosquito bites, malaria can be a life threatening disease, with symptoms including chills, fever, muscle pain, headaches, nausea and vomiting, and fatigue. While Angola experiences the severest malaria transmission in the northern parts of the country, southern Angola is also susceptible to seasonal and epidemic malaria transmission.
Malaria is treated and prevented in Angola through the installation of insecticide-treated mosquito nets, residual spraying in indoor areas, preventative sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine treatment during pregnancy, rapid diagnostic testing, artemisin-based combination therapy, and community education.
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