World Malaria Day

Malaria Day

Malaria

Malaria infects 2,000 Americans each year. It is a leading cause of preventable illness and death around the world.

Each year on April 25, CDC joins the global community in recognizing World Malaria Day. We do this because malaria remains a leading cause of preventable illness and death around the world. Malaria was eliminated from the United States 70 years ago yet still infects 2,000 Americans each year.

Malaria kills more than 400,000 people around the world every year, mostly young children. However, with proven tools and methods such as insecticide-treated bed nets, better case management of malaria in children and pregnant women, expanded preventive medicine during high malaria transmission season, and insecticide resistance monitoring, these numbers should come way down.

What Is Malaria?

Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans.

People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.

Page last reviewed: April 27, 2021
Content source: Global Health