It is reported today that, apparently, Panama is experiencing an unusual number of cases of malaria. Scientists from the Gorgas Memorial Institute for Health Studies (ICGES) in Panama City made the announcement. It seems that in the province of Darién (the wild area on the Colombian border) the highest incidence of cases is because of 2 native strains which, although less aggressive, are causing asymptomatic or subclinical symptoms that contribute to the increase in contagion. It was also suggested that the increase in cases of the disease could also be associated with other factors, including the large increase in migration at the Colombian/Panamanian border. Only the anopheles genus of the mosquito transmits malaria. As I think I have mentioned before, the advent of the rainy season is when we, in the city, tend to see (or feel!) more mosquitos, and that means around this time of year.
23 MARCH 2023