"Malaria Threatens 2 Million in Pakistan as Floodwaters Turn Stagnant"

"More than 2 million cases of malaria are expected in Pakistan in the coming months in the wake of the country's devastating floods, aid workers have warned.

Two months into the crisis, large areas remain submerged in southern Sindh province, creating stagnant pools of standing water that, combined with the heat, are powerful incubators of a disease spread by mosquitoes that breed and hatch in the pools.

More than 250,000 cases of suspected malaria, including some of the fatal falciparum strain, have been reported, according to the World Health Organisation."

Declan Walsh reports for the UK Guardian October 3, 2010.

Source: Guardian, 10/04/2010