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 » Malaria, an African story 4 fascinating animal facts 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 SPONSORED: So many prizes! Click through and see our fantastic competitions. advertisement Get a quote Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Add your comment Thank you, your comment has been submitted. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Medical It is the beginning of the endgame for Ebola Medical Pregnant women benefit from high blood pressure treatment Parenting Preemie becomes 'National Ambassador' Medical ADHD linked to earlier use of illicit drugs in teens Medical Trial shows Ebola shot passes safety test Lifestyle Long-term contraceptive use linked to brain tumour Live healthier Healthy weight » Underweight? Eating speed linked to BMI Weight and BMI affect fertility Should we really consider BMI? The Body Mass Index is widely used to assess if an individual is overweight or not. DietDoc investigates how accurate this tool really is. Digital health news » Screensaver or eyesaver? How to survive load shedding Computer may predict infectious influenza New Ransomware virus causes havoc An incredibly destructive computer virus is on the rise, charging user's thousands of rand to unlock their own devices once infected with terrible consequences if they don't.