UN: More than 7 million malaria cases in Burundi outbreak

UN reports more than 7 million malaria cases in Burundi outbreak this year

LONDON -- The World Health Organization says more than 7 million cases of malaria have been reported in Burundi this year. Officials blame the outbreak on factors including the lack of protective bed nets, problems with medicines and climate change.

The agency says there is "probably a decrease in the effectiveness of treatment, which is still under investigation." It says Burundi is ordering new medicines and planning campaigns to spray homes with insecticide and distribute bed nets.

Scientists fear warming temperatures may result in a spike in mosquitoes, which spread malaria and other diseases.

Globally, malaria sickens about 219 million people every year.