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Cameroon Facing Malaria Outbreak, Antiretroviral Drug Shortages

October 31, 2013

"Nearly 800 people have died in a recent malaria outbreak in northern Cameroon, one described by public health officials as 'a severe and sudden epidemic,'" CNN reports. "Doctors treating more than 12,000 victims of the disease say those who died in the past three weeks were mostly young children and pregnant women," the news service writes. According to CNN, "a panel of Cameroonian journalists on state radio [on Wednesday] criticized the government for not spreading the news about the outbreak and not requesting international aid," and "[o]bservers have criticized President Paul Biya of ignoring the mounting malaria death toll as he focuses on lavish preparations to celebrate his 31 years in the presidency November 6" (10/30).

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