Saturday, July 2, 2011

Some Facts and Statistics on Mosquitoes and Malaria

Around the world, according to the President’s Malaria Initiative, The World Health Organization, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Malaria is a life-threatening parasitic disease transmitted by mosquitoes. It was once thought that the disease came from fetid marshes, hence the name mal aria (bad air). In 1880, scientists discovered the real cause of malaria: a one-cell parasite called plasmodium. Later they discovered that the parasite is transmitted from person to person through the bite of a female Anopheles mosquito, which requires blood to nurture her eggs.

Malaria Worldwide
  • 3.3 billion people - half the world's population - are at risk of malaria
  • One million people die each year from malaria
  • Every 30 seconds a child dies from malaria
Malaria in Africa
  • 90% of all malaria deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa
  • 1 in 5 childhood deaths are caused by malaria
  • Malaria is responsible for a 1.3% growth penalty per year in some African countries
  • 10,000 pregnant women and 200,000 infants die from malaria in Africa
  • Malaria costs Africa more than $12 billion in lost GDP every year

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