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Malawi - Conjunctivitis outbreaks 2024

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  • Malawi - Conjunctivitis outbreaks 2024

    March 1, 2024
    By Maravi Post Reporter

    BLANTYRE- (MaraviPost) - In recent weeks, Malawi has been facing a concerning outbreak of the Pink or Red eye disease, with over 800 cases reported across the country.

    Health Minister, Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, confirmed the alarming development at a media briefing in Zomba on Thursday, highlighting the need for urgent action to contain the spread of the disease.

    According to the latest figures provided by the Ministry of Health, Nkhata Bay has reported 369 cases, Karonga 224 cases, and Nkhotakota 214 cases.

    The outbreak is spreading rapidly, with new cases emerging in Lilongwe as well.

    In the face of this growing crisis, the Ministry has implemented new strategies, including media engagement and awareness campaigns, to educate the public about the disease and prevent further infections.

    Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, ...

    ​(Malawi is not located in DRC)

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      Malawi's viral conjunctivitis outbreak surges to 13,400 cases

      Source: Xinhua| 2024-03-31 18:54:15|Editor: huaxia

      LILONGWE, March 31 (Xinhua) -- Viral conjunctivitis continues to surge in Malawi, with over 13,400 confirmed cases since the first cases were reported in the northern border district of Karonga in mid-February.

      The outbreak has now spread to 26 out of the country's 28 districts, according to health authorities. As of Saturday, a total of 13,419 cases had been recorded.

      While no deaths have been recorded thus far, cases of vision loss have been reported in some districts, particularly in Karonga.
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