Malaria kills twice as many as previously thought: study

Medical Xpress – New research published in this week’s edition of The Lancet shows that malaria kills 1.2 million people worldwide each year: twice as many as previously thought. Furthermore, while many believe most malaria deaths occur in young children (under 5 years), the new study shows that close to half of all deaths (42%) occur in older children and adults. Encouragingly, the data clearly show malaria interventions scaled-up over the past decade are driving mortality down. The study is by Professor Christopher Murray, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA, and colleagues, and was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Read article