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8th September 2016
Sri Lanka has been declared Malaria-free & Delhi sees two malaria deaths since July
It's still a matter of concern for India
Malaria is caused by Plasmodium parasites that are spread to people through the bites of infected Anopheles mosquito vectors. Of the 5 parasite species that cause malaria in humans, Plasmodium falciparum is the most deadly.
Globally over 3.2 billion people are at risk of malaria. An estimated 214 million malaria cases and some 438 000 malaria deaths were reported in 2015. 
Malaria is a public health problem in India; 561 cases died in 2014, 440 in 2013 and 519 in 2012.
ICMR and IMA should do post mortem analysis of all 561 cases to learn lessons.
About 95% population in India resides in malaria endemic areas and 80% of malaria reported in the country is confined to tribal, hilly, difficult and inaccessible areas that is home to 20% of population.
Young children, pregnant women are most vulnerable. Children under 5 years of age are particularly susceptible to infection, illness and death. More than two-thirds (70%) of all malaria deaths occur in this age group.
Increased malaria prevention and control measures are dramatically reducing the malaria burden in many places. Early diagnosis and treatment of malaria reduces disease and prevents deaths. It also contributes to reducing malaria transmission.
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Sri Lanka malaria free and Delhi sees two deaths because of Malaria in just over two months:
The need for mass awareness about prevention
New Delhi, September 07, 2016: Malaria is a preventable disease, and it is imperative that awareness is raised about reducing the rising disease incidence around the Globe. Estimates indicate that over 3.2 billion people live at risk of contracting malaria. In 2015, there were an estimated 214 million malaria cases and some 438 000 malaria-related deaths. For a preventable disease, these numbers are alarming.
In India too malaria is a major public health concern. Over 561 people died due to the disease in 2014, 440 in 2013 and 519 in 2012.
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