Two suspected cases of malaria have been detected in Wadi Al-Shati region, the National Center of Disease Control reported on Sunday.

It said the Monitoring and Rapid Response Department of the center detected on December 05 the two malaria cases of a pregnant woman and her husband's son in Al-Disa district in Wadi Al-Shati, southwest Libya.

"The woman was in a critical condition and referred to Tripoli Medical Center to receive the medical treatment while the 7-year old boy was sent to Tunisia for treatment." It added. 

The NCDC reaffirmed that the epidemiological investigation on the two cases had proved that they had not traveled outside Libya and did not undergo blood transfusion prior to the infection.

It suggested that the presence of illegal labors from different African countries might be the cause of the infection.

Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease of humans and other animals caused by parasitic protozoans. The disease is most commonly transmitted by an infected female Anopheles mosquito.