June 20, 2021

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Malaria increase linked to loss of inter-Korean cooperation

Seoul may be suffering the side-effects of stopping support for N.Korean anti-malaria efforts

The number of malaria patients in South Korea is increasing, possibly due to a halt in inter-Korean cooperation to prevent the disease in the humid DMZ area, the Yonhap News Agency reported on Tuesday.

According to the Seoul’s government index, malaria infections stood at 2,227 in 2007 but had fallen to 445 in 2013. In 2014 the number of patients increased for the first time in seven years, to 638.