Malaria detected in the southern US for first time in 20 years

County officials in Florida have announced “aerial treatments” to kill mosquitoes after malaria was detected in the southern United States for the first time in 20 years.
Noting “increased disease activity in the area”, Sarasota County issued a statement on Tuesday saying it would deploy aeroplanes and trucks overnight to spray pesticides as part of an effort to stem the spread of the mosquito-borne disease.
The move comes a day after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a health advisory for malaria.
The latest cases were likewise identified in Florida, with a cluster of four patients identified in Sarasota County, south of Tampa along the Gulf of Mexico.
A further case was found in Texas’s Cameron County, which is also situated on the Gulf coast. The Texas Department of State Health Services noted that the patient was a local resident who “spent time working outdoors” and had no recent experiences travelling out of state.

Al Jazeera’s Shihab Rattansi reports.

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