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 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 Nigerian pastor declares cure for Ebola Parenting Witbank family poisoned by household heater Lifestyle Plane crash concerns as air traffic doubles News Sex workers call on government to decriminalise sex work Medical Signs and symptoms of Ebola Medical Threat of Ebola in US downplayed by health officials From our sponsors Occlusal disease - a modern day dental problem The importance of choosing the best life insurance for you Alzheimer’s disease – incurable but preventable Breakfast like a King Live healthier Yoga » Exercise time? Yoga mats matter Yoga and sleep What yoga can do for you Yoga is a stress-buster, but it also helps with anxiety, depression, insomnia, back pain and other ills. Allergy alert » Allergy myths Cold or allergy? Children and allergies Allergy facts vs. fiction Some of the greatest allergy myths and misconceptions can actually be damaging to your health.