Malaria, the invisible disease: a threat to humanity - EXPeditions

Malaria, the invisible disease: a threat to humanity

by Quique Bassat
  • Key point 1
    Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. It is preventable and curable.
  • Key point 2
    The name malaria comes from the Italian for “bad air”. In the past, people thought that malaria came from the air emanating from ponds or from stagnating water.
  • Key point 3
    About a century ago, we had malaria in most places of the world. Today, malaria is mainly transmitted around the tropics, which is why most people think that malaria is a typical tropical disease. This is a misconception: malaria is a “man-made” tropical disease.