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World Malaria Day: 25 April

World Malaria Day: 25 April

Every year, on April 25, the World Malaria Day is being marked by several international organizations including World Health Organization. 

The theme of World Malaria Day 2020 is “Zero malaria starts with me.”

This day is observed to spread awareness among people globally to fight against malaria.

The World Malaria Day was established by the World Health Organization at its 60th session in 2007. It was established to provide understanding and education of the disease.

Prior to the World Malaria Day, Africa Malaria Day was established in 2001. It was signed by 44 countries at the African Summit on Malaria.

Facts about Malaria:

Malaria is caused by the Plasmodium parasite.

The parasite can be spread to humans through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes called ‘malaria vectors’. When mosquito bites parasite is released into the bloodstream.

Malaria is an acute febrile illness. Its symptoms usually appear in 10-15 days after the bite of an infected mosquito. At the starting stage, its symptoms are fever, headache and chilling effect.

Between 2000 and 2014, the number of people that died of Malaria fell by 40% worldwide.
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