Increase in malaria deaths concern Dominican health authorities – After reporting six deaths due to malaria this year, Dominican health authorities launched an education campaign to fight the spread of the disease.



According to Public Health minister Bautista Rojas, a total of four malaria deaths were recorded in all of 2010, while an additional 500 cases have been reported so far this year.

The campaign includes nearly 100,000 health workers and volunteers who are visiting impoverished communities around the capital to distribute pamphlets on how to prevent malaria and other diseases that are more common during the rainy season.

Malaria is spread by infected mosquitoes, which breed in stagnant water, and causes flu-like symptoms that can lead to death.

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