What a terribly sad story.
Let's hope this is a one off, and not a sign of things to come in Northern Italy.
A four-year-old Italian girl has died of cerebral malaria in northern Italy, a region free of the disease, in what doctors see as a very mysterious case. Sofia Zago died in Brescia on Sunday night, after being rushed to hospital with a high fever on Saturday. Italy is free of the Anopheles mosquito that carries cerebral malaria, the deadliest form of the blood disease. But after a scorching August, some fear that it might have reached Italy. Since the 1950s, Italy has not had a malaria problem because mosquito-infested marshes were drained. The Plasmodium Falciparum parasite carried by the Anopheles mosquito can kill a human within 24 hours. About 438,000 people died of malaria in 2015 in the 95 tropical countries where it is endemic, Italy's Corriere della Sera daily reports.