Today 25 April marks World Malaria Day. Here are 8 facts about this killer disease. Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease of humans and animals caused by parasitic protozoans. If malaria is not diagnosed and treated promptly, it can be fatal.
- In just 2012, there was an estimated 627,000 deaths
- Most affected are children under the age of 5 and p
- 80% of deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa
- Approx 40% of global malaria deaths occur in just two countries: Nigeria and the Congo
- You can prevent mosquito bites by using mosquito nets and insect repellents
- Malaria is commonly associated with poverty
- Symptoms of malaria are: high temperatures, sweats and chills, headaches. vomiting, muscle ache/pains which appear 7 – 18 days after becoming infected, sometimes this can appear a year later!
- Great website called Malaria No More gives you so much information and how your business can become involved in raising much needed funds for these countries affected by this deadly disease.