Study Challenge Previous Estimates of Global Malaria Deaths

Study Challenge Previous Estimates of Global Malaria Deaths

There is no doubt left that malaria is a contentious issue for the countries across the world, and perhaps this is what is causing so much of concern among one and all. In a recent study, it is being said that the number of people dying due to malaria are twice as what was being expected.

"In the global health landscape, being twice as big as people thought are pretty important", said Christopher J. L. Murray, who headed a team of researchers at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. There are good chances that older children and adults are now becoming its latest victims.

There has been lot done to contain the rising cases of deaths, and this is what caused the death rate to drop after 2004. Even, there were reports from the World Health Organization that 655,000 had died from the disease in 2010, though the recent study said that the figure stands at about 1.2 million.

It has been told that children under 5 years old and pregnant women were the most vulnerable of all, but the recent findings have challenged the assumption. The team is of the view that there is lot to be done to make sure that all sections are being addressed as far as this disease is concerned.

Published in the Lancet, the study has called for effective strategies to be put in place so that it can be controlled timely. If reports are to be referred, malaria was wiped from the United States in 1951 and from Europe in 2009, and the major portion of the deaths comes from sub-Saharan Africa. Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is told to have given its complete support so that the rising number of cases could be controlled.

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