One purported victim, Florence Kalunga, 27, says she was sleeping alongside her husband in their home when she saw a light 'like fire'.'I heard the door open.
At least seven people have been killed in one district, and earlier this year, UN workers and US Peace Corps volunteers were pulled out of the region.
Mc Donald Kolokombe, a clerk at the state-run Likhubula forest reserve, noted that the number of tourists visiting the Mulanje area had collapsed since mid-September.'The communities rely on visitors to feed their families working as tour guides, porters and selling curios,' he said.'We are starving because of a bad rumour about blood suckers,' added amateur tour guide Eric Yohane.
A new archaeology report tells of the discovery of a skeleton, dating from 550-700AD, buried in the ancient minster town of Southwell, Nottinghamshire, with metal spikes through its shoulders, heart and ankles.
Bauleni, who makes a living selling wild pea stew, said that before she fell unconscious she heard someone fleeing the scene.
She was taken to a clinic and later discharged after being given vitamin supplements, but she chose not to report the attack.