Malaria is a preventable and treatable disease caused by the plasmodium parasite, transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes.

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The Term Malaria Means “Bad Air” Fact

The term malaria comes from two medieval Italian words “mal” and “aria,” which when put together mean “bad air.” This came about before we understood that the disease was passed from a parasite carried by misquotes who lived in the wet ground, and not through “the bad air of swamps”.

Malaria Killed Half the People Who Have Ever Lived Myth

Malaria would have needed to kill an average of about 5 ½ million a year to kill half of everyone ever, we don’t have data to prove this. However, we know almost half the world’s population is at risk of Malaria and it kills up to a million a year today.