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18 Jan 2015

Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease common in the region and causes many of the same symptoms as Ebola. Its common for people to come to Ebola treatment centers believing they have Ebola, when in fact they have malariawhich crowds the clinics and causes enormous stress for patients and their families. Treating malaria and preventing infection are ways MSF can ensure that they reduce the number of patients at Ebola treatment centers in addition to saving lives, since more people fall ill and die from malaria than Ebola. If MSF can provide added support to reduce the burden of malaria on the health care system, this will not only save many lives but also allow for a more focused and effective Ebola response, said Jonathan Caplan, MSF coordinator for the distribution, in a statement. This is the second time MSF has conducted a widespread delivery of malaria treatments. In December, the group distributed 1.5 million antimalarial drugs to the region.
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