Mass drug campaign needed to fight malaria in Ebola countries: expert

December 9, 2014 5:58 PM

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LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Mass drug treatment for malaria is a key step towards preventing a rise in the mosquito-borne disease in Ebola-stricken countries and to ease the burden on medical staff, a leading disease control expert said on Tuesday.

Sierra Leone began a campaign on Friday to protect 2.4 million people - nearly half its population - from malaria, reducing pressure on health services from people visiting clinics wrongly fearing they have Ebola.

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