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 Call for free flu shots in SA Lifestyle How tattoos change over 50 years News24 What your poo tells you News Could your soap really cause erectile dysfunction? News How youth gets high on cough medicine Parenting Why you should teach kids about sex abuse From our sponsors Taking charge of your health Man, take care of your health! Live healthier Marriage matters » Why marriages fail Divorce harder for kids from wealthy homes Why a curvaceous booty drives men wild "Should we get divorced?" After six years of marriage the spark is gone and this couple can't even have a conversation. Do you have a sweet tooth? » What’s SA’s most sugary drink? Craving sugar? Blame your brain WHO says we're eating too much sugar 10 foods with hidden sugar Even if you don't have a sweet tooth, you might still be eating far more sugar than you think.