Swine Flu: 99 Malaria: 22,000

As of 29 May 2009, as reported by World Health Organization, 99 people died from swine flu. This makes news as it affects people living in Western countries. The fact that 1 million people, mostly children under 5 die every year of Malaria, does not make the news. You have to ask why.

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Swine flu took lives of 99 people from Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica and USA. This is a tragedy, no question about it. It is a tragedy when someone dies from a virus or a deseas that can be so easily prevented. Swan flu made the news because it affects people living in Western countries. Swan flu is bad for us, Westerners. We blame people who don’t wash their hands or fly over to Australia without wearing a face mask. We value our lives and our wellbeing to a very high degree. It affects us, our children and we really feel that we need to do something.

People killed this month

Swine flu killed 99 people in about a month. In the same time, Malaria killed 22,000 people. Mostly kids under 5.

People died of swine flu vs malaria

  • Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes.
  • A child dies of malaria every 30 seconds.
  • There were 247 million cases of malaria in 2006, causing nearly one million deaths, mostly among African children.
  • Malaria is preventable and curable.
  • Approximately half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria, particularly those living in lower-income countries.
  • Travellers from malaria-free areas to disease “hot spots” are especially vulnerable to the disease.
  • Malaria takes an economic toll – cutting economic growth rates by as much as 1.3% in countries with high disease rates.

My intention is not to underestimate the danger and importance of swine flu. But data like this puts things in perspective.

www.who.int – Malaria Info
Empire Remixed.com
www.rbm.who.int – World Malaria Day

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The review "Swine Flu: 99 Malaria: 22,000" was last updated on 31/05/2009.