Did you know that today is World Malaria Day? Malaria is a disease caused by a parasitic microorganism called Plasmodium and spread by mosquitos when they bite people. Malaria can cause severe chills, fever, extreme tiredness, vomiting and more. In severe cases, malaria causes damage to organs, convulsions, coma, or death. More than 3 billion people in 106 countries across the world are at risk of being infected with malaria. In 2016 there were over 200 million cases of malaria and 400,000 – 700,000 deaths. After 30 years of development, testing for the first ever malaria vaccine will start in 2019.
We hope that you continue to make a difference in people’s lives today! Remember to think kind thoughts, use kind words, and do kind things. We Love You.
World Malaria Day was established by the World Health Organization in 2007 to raise awareness and understanding of malaria.
The risk of malaria disease can be reduced by preventing mosquito bites. Some methods include mosquito nets, insect repellants, and mosquito control using insecticides and removing standing water where mosquitos breed.