Giving Malaria The Slip

Malaria parasiteMore than a million people, mostly children, die every year from malaria – this translates into one death every 30 seconds. Approximately 3 billion people in 107 countries are at risk. More than 80% of deaths from malaria occur in Africa, 15% in Asia and Eastern Europe, and only a small fraction in the Americas. The vast majority of cases occur in children under the age of five. Pregnant women are also particularly vulnerable. Precise statistics are difficult to collect because many cases occur in rural areas where people do not have access to medical care, so many cases are unreported.
This week’s MicrobiologyBytes podcast reports on the latest developments in the fight against this killer disease.

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