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 Muhammad Ali set to recover from pneumonia Medical E-cigarettes less addictive than regular cigarettes Lifestyle Party like a pro Lifestyle Alcohol blackouts common in teens Lifestyle How to stay safe this holiday Lifestyle 13 food superstitions From our sponsors Uncontrolled periodontal disease and diabetes – a collective health risk? Exam stress – a challenge for the whole family Eduloan offers affordable education finance Live healthier Medical bills » GP and money Cut medical bills Medical savings account Medical scheme: what is a self-payment gap? Have you exhausted your day-to-day benefits and moved into your self-payment gap? Here's what it means. 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.