Malaria Being Underestimated Tremendously, Claims Study
As per recent reports, it has been revealed that the massive number of casualties due to malaria all over the world may well be around two-times as high as estimated earlier.
The statement has been released after having a look at the findings of a recently conducted study, whose reports have been made available in the recent edition of the journal the Lancet.
Around 1.24mn individuals have died due to the mosquito-borne ailments earlier in 2010.
It has been compared to a World Health Organisation (WHO) approximation for the year 2010 of around 655,000 deaths, though both the novel studies and the stats released recently by the WHO have indicated that the global death rates have now started falling. The research, which was monetarily supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, made use of the fresh data and some novel computer modeling methods with the intent of building a historical malaria database for cases recorded during 1980 and 2010.
The result was that deaths recorded all over the world had seen a rise from 995,000 deaths recorded in 1980 to a maximum of 1.82mn in the year 2004, though it later fell to around 1.24 million in the year 2010.
The increase in the number of malaria deaths to around 2004 is mainly accredited to an increase in the number of people susceptible to malaria, while the reduction seen ever since 2004 is mainly accountable to "a rapid scaling up of malaria control in Africa", that was backed thoroughly by donors from all over the world.
While expressing his opinion regarding the findings of the study, along with highlighting the possible consequences the issue can have in the time to come, the lead author of the study from the Seattle-based University of Washington, Dr. Christopher Murray, said that, "You learn in medical school that people exposed to malaria as children develop immunity and rarely die from malaria as adults".
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