World Malaria Day 2012

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What Is Malaria?

 

Malaria is a completely preventable and curable, yet life-threatening disease, which affected nearly 216 million people worldwide last year alone.

 

The disease is caused by parasites that are transmitted to humans through bites from infected mosquitos. Once infected with the parasites, symptoms of illness begin to appear within seven days or more. Infected humans experience fever, headache, chills and vomiting, which can progress to severe illness if left untreated for more than 24 hours. Malaria’s stronghold on Africa has been bolstered by a lack of infrastructure in many places (especially rural areas) where open ditches and other standing pools of water create the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.

 

 

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