Today is World Malaria Day, an international event raising awareness for this devastating tropical illness. The World Health Organization is marking the occasion by reminding us that, as prevalent as the disease remains, it is now more easily treatable and preventable than ever before.
With a political push and a funding boost, there have been great strides made in the fight against malaria. The WHO estimates these efforts have saved 3.3 million lives since 2000. Incidence of the disease, which is primarily spread by mosquitos, has dropped 25% worldwide and 31% in Africa alone. But it continues to be widespread: there are still an estimated 200 million cases each year, 627,000 of which are fatal.
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