Mosquitoes harbor some of the most insidious viruses and parasites that cause human diseases, such as Zika, West Nile, Dengue, and Malaria. Malaria is among the oldest mosquito-borne illnesses known to man. It’s caused by parasites that invade red blood cells, called Plasmodium falciparum. People with malaria often experience fever, chills, and aches, but this disease can be deadly! Almost half of the world’s population, about 3.2 billion people, is at risk of malaria, especially young children. Fortunately, with public health efforts and advancements in medicine, the disease is preventable and curable. Rates of new cases and malaria deaths have dropped substantially in the past six years.
People across the globe take part in a wide range of activities to mark World Malaria Day, this year April 25, 2016. World Malaria day is a communication and advocacy platform for civil society north and south to showcase work , share resources , engage in dialogue, contribute views, ideas and events to mobilize the world against malaria.