Malaria Outbreaks 2023

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January 25, 2023
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Malaria is vaccine preventable and is a curable disease caused by parasites transmitted to people by infected mosquitoes.

Malaria Outbreaks 2023

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) World Malaria Report released on December 8, 2022, there were an estimated 619,000 malaria-related fatalities globally in 2021 compared to 2019, with 568,000 deaths. And the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued various malaria outbreak alerts. However, outbreaks of locally transmitted malaria cases in the U.S. have been small and relatively isolated.

Malaria Endemic Countries 2023

The CDC says in many malaria-endemic countries, malaria transmission does not occur in all areas. Four African countries accounted for just over half of all malaria deaths worldwide: Nigeria (31.3%), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (12.6%), the United Republic of Tanzania (4.1%), and Niger (3.9%) According to the WHO, these countries are endemic for malaria: Pakistan

Malaria Vaccines

Various countries have authorized malaria vaccines. Updated malaria vaccine information is posted at

Malaria Outbreak News 2023

January 24, 2023 - The Lancet reports the results of a study in Benin, which confirms that adding the pyrrole insecticide chlorfenapyr to long-lasting insecticidal nets as a second active ingredient to back up the pyrethroids can have invaluable effects on malaria transmission and disease burden. 

December 14, 2022 - The Oaxaca (Mexico) Health Secretariat issued an epidemiological alert for an outbreak of malaria. A total of 20 confirmed cases of malaria have been identified.

December 8, 2022 - The WHO announced, "Following a marked increase in malaria cases and deaths in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, malaria-affected countries redoubled their efforts and were able to mitigate the worst impacts of Covid-related disruptions to malaria services" said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.

November 29, 2022 - The African country of Malawi expanded the malaria vaccine pilot to reach many more children in advance of its incorporation into its routine immunization program in 2023.

October 28, 2022 - The WHO reported an increase in malaria cases in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region.

September 29, 2022 - In a 2019 vector alert, WHO identified the spread of Anopheles stephensi as a significant threat to malaria control and elimination, particularly in Africa. As a result, a new WHO initiative launched today aims to stop this invasive mosquito species from spreading in the region.

April 26, 2022 - The Government of India's vaccination efforts has resulted in an 86.45% decline in Malaria cases and a 79.16% reduction in Malaria related deaths in 2021 compared to 2015."

April 21, 2022 - The WHO announced more than 1 million children in Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi have received one or more doses of the RTS,S/AS01 (RTS,S) vaccine and that it substantially reduces deadly severe malaria.