Home > Medical > Malaria > Malaria in South Africa 11 December 2008 Scary facts about malaria Malaria kills a child somewhere in the world every 30 seconds. 0 Assess Life expectancy » Quiz Would you survive disaster? » Join Body Talk » Ask EnviroHealth Expert » Five facts you need to know about malaria Malaria, an African story Malaria kills a child somewhere in the world every 30 seconds. Every year more than 500 million people become severely ill with malaria. 40% of the world's population, mostly those living in the world's poorest countries, are at risk of malaria. Malaria accounts for one-in-five of all childhood deaths in Africa. Malaria is transmitted by female mosquitoes of the genus Anopheles. In some areas of the world, mosquitoes that carry malaria have developed resistance to insecticides, while the parasites have developed resistance to antibiotics – making it increasingly difficult to control the rate of infection and spread of the disease. More in Medical Malaria deaths skyrocket in SA More: MalariaMalaria in South Africa advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Partner Content The number 1 myth about healthy eating – busted! Lifestyle Top tips for building healthy bones Sex 9 sexually transmitted diseases you need to know about Medical 7 medication combinations that could be deadly Medical Playing on with concussion doubles recovery time Medical Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia From our sponsors Otrivin Menthol relieves sinus congestion Innovative hearing aids can now interact online Second Healthcare Innovation Summit set for Johannesburg Salomon introduces Speedcross 4 Live healthier Nutrition crisis! » Good nutrition on the job will give you the edge Nutrition labels on food encourage healthy choices Nutrition may be as big a challenge today as HIV/Aids was 15 years ago Many people in a large number of low and middle income countries now experience a 'double burden' of malnutrition. E-cigarettes less risky? » E-cigarettes not an acceptable alternative to most smokers UK health officials endorse e-cigarettes E-cigarettes less of a cancer risk than regular smokes A study indicates that smokers who switch to e-cigarettes reduce their exposure to cancer-causing chemicals.