Malaria is an infectious blood disease caused by a parasite that is transmitted from one human to another by the bite of infected Anopheles mosquitoes. Transmission occurs between dusk and dawn, when the mosquitoes feed on human blood and inject saliva containing the malaria parasite. If drugs are not available or the parasites are resistant to them, the infection can lead to coma, life-threatening anemia, and death. Some additional facts about malaria include:
Malaria is preventable and treatable
When insecticide-treated nets are used properly by three-quarters of the people in a community, malaria transmission is cut by 50%, child deaths are cut by 20%, and the mosquito population drops by as much as 90%.
The majority of malaria deaths are children under 5 years of age
Every minute a child dies of malaria
An estimated 655,00 people died of malaria in 2010
91% of malaria deaths occur in Africa
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