QUESTION Does malaria only occur during summer season? ANSWER That depends on where you are. The transmission of malaria depends on the presence of the mosquitoes which are required to transmit the disease (they do this when they bite you). Many kinds of mosquito transmit malaria, though all are of the genus Anopheles. These different species have different climatic requirements, but … [Read more...]
Malaria in KwaZulu Natal
QUESTION How many people are infected by malaria in KZN? ANSWER By "KNZ" I assume you mean KwaZulu Natal (for the benefit of other readers, this is a region of South Africa, in the north-eastern portion of the country). KZN is one of the few parts of South Africa that experiences malaria transmission, though effective control measures have reduced its impact as a public health threat. … [Read more...]
Where is malaria found?
QUESTION Where is malaria found? ANSWER Malaria is found throughout the world’s tropical and sub-tropical areas, and mainly in Central and South America, Africa, Asia and the Indo-Pacific region. It is most common in tropical regions, where transmission occurs year-round; in sub-tropical and temperate areas, transmission may only occur during seasons that have appropriate climatic … [Read more...]
Malaria in Africa
QUESTION What percent of Africa has malaria? ANSWER That is very difficult to measure, but maps of malaria transmission potential show that malaria is potentially present across most of the continent, excluding the heart of the Sahara and Kalahari deserts, and the highlands of Ethiopia, Lesotho and Uganda/Rwanda. Other parts of the continent, such as the coastline of North Africa (along … [Read more...]
In What Countries is Malaria Found?
QUESTION What countries can malaria be found in? ANSWER Malaria is found on every continent of the world except Antartica—however, regular transmission every year mainly only occurs in Central and South America, Africa, parts of the Middle East, Asia and parts of Oceania/the Pacific Islands. The world's highest areas of malaria prevalence and transmission occur in sub-Saharan … [Read more...]
Malaria Deaths in the Tropics
QUESTION What's the difference of malaria deaths between the subtropical and tropical regions and all the other regions? ANSWER I am assuming you are asking about the distribution of deaths caused by malaria between the tropics/sub-tropics and the rest of the world. 95% percent of all fatal malaria cases occur in sub-Saharan Africa, which lies entirely in the sub-tropics and tropics. … [Read more...]