Few people in the United States think about malaria unless they are getting ready to travel out of the country, after all, according to the CDC, "in 1949, the country was declared free of malaria as a significant public health problem."
We should all probably think about malaria a little more though. In addition to the fact that there were at least 1,688 cases of malaria in the United States in 2010, there were an estimated 219 million cases of malaria worldwide and 660,000 malaria deaths - mostly children under five years of age.
Today is a great time to join the fight against malaria and think about what can be done to prevent more of these deaths. In fact, the theme of this year's World Malaria Day is Invest in the future. Defeat malaria.