February 25, 2024

Malaria cases jump in North Korea for first time in decade: WHO

Despite 23% increase last year, UN agency says the DPRK is still on track to eradicate disease by 2025

The number of malaria cases in North Korea increased for the first time in a decade last year, according to a new World Health Organization (WHO) report, even as the U.N. agency seeks to eradicate the disease from the country by 2025.

The DPRK’s malaria caseload rose 22.8% from 1,819 in 2020 to 2,357 in 2021, the WHO states in its World Malaria Report 2022 published Thursday, while North Korea reported zero malaria deaths to the organization.