Malaria mortality in Colombia from 2009 to 2018: A descriptive study

Shirley Natali Iza Rodríguez, José Alejandro Iza Rodríguez, Julio Cesar Padilla Rodríguez, Mario Javier Olivera*

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Introduction: Colombia has an endemo-epidemic for malaria, with a downward trend in mortality over the last few decades. This study describes the malaria mortality rates from 2009-2018. Methods: We obtained data from the Colombian Mortality Information System and calculated the case fatality and crude and age-adjusted mortality rates. Results: During the study, 148 malaria-related deaths were registered. The average annual mortality rate was 0.032 deaths/100,000. Two peaks were observed in 2010 and 2016. Choco contributed to the highest number of deaths (27.7%). Conclusions: The unstable downward trend of malaria mortality rates calls for greater emphasis on surveillance and interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0441-2020
JournalRevista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
StatePublished - 2021

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  • Colombia
  • Death certificates
  • Epidemiology
  • Malaria
  • Mortality rate


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