Malaria - en
Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease of humans and other animals caused by parasitic protozoans (a type of unicellular microorganism) of the genus Plasmodium. Commonly, the disease is transmitted via a bite from an infected female Anopheles mosquito, which introduces the organisms from its saliva into a person's circulatory system.
The World Health Organization has estimated that in 2010, there were 219 million documented cases of malaria. That year, the disease killed between 660,000 and 1.2 million people, many of whom were children in Africa. The actual number of deaths is not known with certainty, as accurate data is unavailable in many rural areas, and many cases are undocumented.
Facts on Malaria
Half of the world's population is at risk of malaria.
Every minute, a child dies from malaria.
Growing resistance to antimalarial medicines has spread rapidly.
Pregnant women are particularly at risk of malaria.
Malaria causes significant economic losses in high-burden countries .
Source: World Health Organization