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Did you know that Malaria kills a child every minute? Malaria is a parasite that forms and then goes into a mosquito, specifically an Anopheles mosquito, and is transmitted through a bite of that mosquito.


The four parasites that can transmit this disease are called plasmodium fakiparum, plasmodium vivax, plasmodium malariae, and plasmodium ovate. Plasmodium plasmodium fakiparum and plasmodium vivax are the most common forms of Malaria. Plasmodium fakiparum is the deadliest. Transmission depends on how hot the climate is, and also depends on the immunity of the person.


There are many cases of Malaria in the world, but most cases are in Africa, mostly in the central part of the continent due to the heat. There were 198 million cases of Malaria reported in 2013. Of those 198 million cases, 584,000 resulted in death. Fortunately, the mortality rate has gone down 47%. The mortality rate for children has gone down 58%.


Malaria can affect anyone, even children. There are about three ways children can get Malaria. The first is getting infected during pregnancy, in which the child gets it while in the mother’s uterus. The second way is called acute febrile illness, which means a person can get a fever, and since your immune system is busy fighting off the fever, it can get in and destroy your good blood cells. The last way is chronic, repeated infection, in which case you get an infection again and again. Because your immune system is down, you can get bitten and get Malaria. No matter which of the three happen, they can all lead to death.


In conclusion, this shows how dangerous mosquitoes can be because it shows how deadly the smallest insect can impact people. Although it’s a horrible disease, it’s getting better because people are looking for more ways to cure it.