does malaria still exist?
Yes, malaria still exists, and is responsible for 250 million cases of illness every year, of which about 700,000 result in death. So it is a very serious global health problem!
Some countries, such as the United States, have managed to successfully eliminate malaria through a combination of vector control strategies (i.e. spraying for mosquitoes, reducing the presence of water bodies where mosquitoes breed, etc) and better health infrastructure for diagnosis and treatment. This strategy has also been successful in other settings, such as the Mediterranean and much of the Middle East, as well as even in some high transmission tropical settings such as Malaysia (particularly in urban areas).
The widespread distribution of long-lasting insecticide treated bednets has further assisted in malaria prevention in high transmission areas. However, much of the rest of the world is still struggling to control malaria, though the number of deaths is dropping every year, and some organisations hope to reduce malaria mortality to zero by the year 2015.
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