Malaria is one of the scariest illnesses on the planet, affecting billions every year. Here are a few hard-hitting facts about the deadly disease.
- Malaria is caused by a microscopic parasite transmitted to humans via mosquito bites.
- Not all mosquitoes carry and can transmit malaria – only the female mosquito of certain species of the Anopheles genus.
- About 3.3 billion people (half of the world’s population) live in high-risk areas and are in constant danger of contracting the disease.
- T best, with timeous medical attention and the right medication, malaria can keep you from work for 10 – 20 days.
- In the worst cases – malaria kills. In fact, around 250 million persons suffer from the disease every year and between 1 and 2 million of them die.
- The average African child contracts malaria between 1 and 6 times a year.
- Around 3000 African children die from malaria every day. Most of them are under the age of 5.
- The average very-low-income African family spends about £12 a year on malaria treatment, out of an annual income of £42!
- The number of malaria-free countries or territories in the world is 92.
- Right now, there appears to be only 1 Western pharmaceutical company doing active research work on new malaria drugs.
To find out more about malaria and all the vaccinations necessary for travel, pop in to the 1st Contact Travel Clinic at Castlewood House, 77-91 New Oxford Street, London , visit www.1stcontact-travelclinic.com or call 0808 141 5506 to speak to a consultant.