Malaria: Casual Argument

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It can be said that looking deep into the wrinkles of an elderly man or woman, a story can be uncovered. But in Africa, people are lucky to make it to such an age; every 30 seconds a child dies of malaria ("Fact sheet n°94," 2010). The problems don’t stop there. The world is affected by the many impacts of such a disease. As one of the number one killers, malaria has caught the attention of many organizations. Many other countries, mostly those that have a subtropical climate or that are islands, have overcame and reduced the number of cases a year; Africa and many other third world countries are still suffering (Gallup, & Sachs, 2001). The reason why—poverty and lack of education. Malaria is causing further economic turmoil, but at the same time uniting organizations to help reduce the loss of the human race to malaria.
Malaria is a disease caused by a parasite most commonly carried by the vector, the Anopheles mosquito. Once infused into the human’s bloodstream the parasites morph and multiply in the body’s liver and slowly travel through one’s bloodstream. Causing flulike symptoms to occur in cycles of sweats and chills at least seven to ten days after receiving the bite. In more serious cases people have developed bleeding, jaundice problems, experienced liver or kidney failure and in the most extreme cases some have gone into a coma (Charles Davis, 2009). This disease is causing an unimaginable number of deaths. In fact, malaria comes in third as one of the main killers right after tuberculosis and AIDS. In 2008 roughly 863,000 people lost their lives to malaria, 1,324,487 lives were lost to tuberculosis and 2,000,000 lives were lost to AIDS ("World malaria report 2009," 2009). Malaria is most prevalent in Africa accounting for 86 percent of cases and of those cases 91 percent passed away. Numbers are projected to go down in the future and by 2010 levels should hopefully be cut in half. And by 2015, those same numbers are projected and will

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