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Malaria Cases In CAR Nearly Double In Past Year, MSF Reports

“The number of cases of malaria in northwest Central African Republic [CAR] has almost doubled in the past year, partly because of insecurity caused by armed groups operating in the rural north, according to Médecins Sans Frontières,” Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. “The medical charity says it has treated 36,910 cases of malaria in Boguila, a region 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the Chadian border, between January and June this year compared with 19,498 cases in the same period last year,” the news service writes, adding, “‘Insecurity has forced people to leave their houses in search of safety in the bush, where stagnant water on sorghum and cassava fields provides the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes,’ the MSF head of mission in CAR, Ellen Van Der Velden, told Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone.” The news service notes, “CAR has been unstable since the Seleka, a group of five rebel units, overthrew the government in a military coup in March.” And “[a]ccording to the Humanitarian and Development Partnership Team for CAR, since the coup more than 240,000 people have been displaced, half of them children — the group most at risk of contracting the mosquito-borne disease,” Reuters writes (Hussain, 9/4).