Malaria kills more than 1.2 million worldwide

More than 1.2 million people died from malaria worldwide in 2010 – twice the number found in the most recent comprehensive study of the disease. But the number of deaths has fallen rapidly as efforts to combat the disease have ramped up.

Deaths from malaria have been missed by previous studies because of the assumption that the disease mainly kills children under five. University of Queensland researchers found that 42% of malaria deaths occur in older children and adults.

The findings are published The Lancet.

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