Malaria 5 things you probably didn't know about the silent killer disease

Sub-Saharan Africa also accounts for 90% of malaria cases with an estimated 300-600 million suffering from the disease each year.

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According to UNICEF, over a million people die from malaria each year, which comprises mostly children under 5 years.

Sub-Saharan Africa also accounts for 90% of malaria cases with an estimated 300-600 million suffering from the disease each year.

With the approval of an all-new malaria vaccine, the world is one step closer to fighting the disease, although it is still largely a silent killer.

Here are 5 things you probably didn't know about malaria.

 

  1. Drinking beer could increase your chances of getting malaria: According to scientists at the University of Emory, mosquitoes love the smell of beer. Thus beer-binging causes the body to produce an odour that is irresistible to the malaria-carrying insects.

  2. Malaria can take up to 4 years to develop: According to scientists, rarer strains of malaria could take as much as 4 years to develop.

  3. Only female mosquitoes transmit malaria: Also known as the anopheles, female mosquitoes are the blood sucking parties which transmit malaria when they bite.

  4. Malaria has killed 4 popes: According to the history books, malaria has been blamed for the deaths of Pope Leo and Pope Sixtus.

  5. Thousands die from taking fake malaria drugs every year: According to estimates from the World Health Organisation, about 20% of the one million deaths caused by malaria annually can be blamed on counterfeit drugs.

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