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Libya on alert after recording 1st malaria case in decades

The National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) announced recording the first case of malaria in Libya in decades, noting that
this does not mean the disease has spread in the country.

However, this case, detected in the capital of Tripoli, represents a warning to the Ministry of Health to take precautions against malaria, Director of the Monitoring and Rapid Response Department at NCDC, Ramadan Asman, said Thursday.

Asman ruled out that malaria would spread in Libya because the current season is not suitable for breeding mosquitoes, stressing that the situation so far is under control.

He reassured Libyan citizens, in the capital particularly, that the current weather would not allow the spread of malaria, calling on the Ministry of Health to intensify its efforts in insect control.

On Wednesday, Abu Salim Municipality of Tripoli announced a state of high alert in hospitals and the establishment of an emergency room after recording the first malaria case since the 1970s.

The Ministry of Health of the Government of National Accord decided to take precautionary measures to prevent the possible outbreak of the disease.

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