For the first time in roughly two decades, locally contracted cases of malaria have been reported within the United States. Reports initially surfaced in Florida and Texas, with the number of cases increasing to six in Sarasota County, Florida, alone as of the beginning of this month.
As a result, public health officials in the Sunshine State issued an advisory in three counties and an alert in three others, including Sarasota.
Meanwhile, only one case has been reported in Texas, but the Department of State Health Services reported on Friday that authorities “are still on the lookout for other cases.”
A growing number of Americans are concerned not only about the illness but also the possibility that yet another vaccine will be pushed on citizens following the COVID-19 pandemic. The World Health Organization has been touting the arrival of the first-ever malaria vaccine in countries across Africa.
“Twelve countries across different regions in Africa are set to receive 18 million doses of the first-ever malaria vaccine over the next two years,” affirmed a statement from the WHO and other global entities. “The roll out is a critical step forward in the fight against one of the leading causes of death on the continent.”
The news release went on to tout a “Vaccine Alliance” that includes various public and private organizations — including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Some of Bill Gates’ critics have cited his involvement in releasing genetically altered mosquitoes as a potential cause of the domestic outbreak of malaria.
Bill Gates wants everyone to experience Malaria, not just poor people pic.twitter.com/M8YCRMtd01
— illuminatibot (@iluminatibot) July 3, 2023
Mainstream media fact-checkers have attempted to dismiss any such theories and a spokesperson for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation denied that mosquitoes were released within the U.S.
Although roughly 2,000 cases of malaria are documented nationwide each year, they are almost entirely composed of individuals who were bitten by an infected mosquito while traveling abroad. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a statement confirming that the domestic cases remain under investigation but that there is no evidence suggesting that those in the two states are related.
“CDC is collaborating with two U.S. state health departments with ongoing investigations of locally acquired mosquito-transmitted Plasmodium vivax malaria cases,” the agency confirmed.