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World Malaria Day 2013

22 Apr 2013

25th April 2013 is World Malaria Day bringing attention to the efforts, successes and challenges in the fight against malaria around the world.

Malaria is an infection of the red blood cells, transmitted by the Anopheles mosquito. It is a deadly disease, especially for young children. There are about 700,000 deaths each year, mostly in Africa, where a child dies every minute from malaria.

Advice for travellers

Malaria occurs in many warmer and tropical countries: it affect many travellers each year. Before travelling to a malarious area, you should consult your GP or travel clinic. Fitfortravel provides general malaria advice here as well as specific information on each country page.