Malaria Fact Sheet
Below are a few interesting facts on malaria…
Malaria and infants:
Approximately 80% of all malaria deaths occur in young African children. Infants are vulnerable to malaria from approximately 3 months of age when immunity acquired from the mother starts to wane.
Malaria prone regions:
Countries with high malaria occurrences are termed malaria-endemic countries
Malaria in pregnancy:
Malaria in pregnancy increases the risk of maternal anemia, stillbirth, spontaneous abortion, low birth weight, and neonatal death.
Malaria and HIV:
These are two of the most devastating global health problems of our time. – Together they cause more than 4 million deaths a year. HIV-infected is particularly vulnerable to malaria.
The economic costs of malaria in Africa are huge. Malaria is estimated to cost Africa more than USD 12 billion every year in lost GDP.
The incubation period of malaria:
The time between the infective mosquito bite and the development of malaria symptoms can range from 7 to 40 days depending on the type of Plasmodia involved. One strain of Plasmodium, called P. vivax, may have a prolonged incubation period of eight to 10 months.