The Impact of Malaria, a Leading Cause of Death Worldwide | CDC Malaria: "Statistics
Malaria is one of the most severe public health problems worldwide. It is a leading cause of death and disease in many developing countries, where young children and pregnant women are the groups most affected.
* At the end of 2004, some 3.2 billion people lived in areas at risk of malaria transmission in 107 countries and territories.
* Between 350 and 500 million clinical episodes of malaria occur every year.
* At least one million deaths occur every year due to malaria.
* About 60% of the cases of malaria worldwide and more than 80% of the malaria deaths worldwide occur in Africa south of the Sahara.