Progress can be dangerous.
Thanks to malaria elimination efforts in United States in the 1940s, most people in the U. S. today have never had any direct contact with the disease and most doctors have never seen a case. That success means it’s easy to have a relaxed attitude about protecting ourselves.
We’re now seeing the result of that relaxed attitude – the highest number of malaria cases in the United States in the past 40 years.
That’s the conclusion of our recent analysis that finds there were 1,925 malaria cases reported in the United States in 2011. Sadly, the number also includes five deaths.
This contrasts sharply with the great progress made in reducing the number of malaria death globally.
Between 2000 and 2010, malaria mortality rates fell by 26% around the world. According to the latest World Health Organization estimates, there were about 219 million cases of malaria in 2010 and an estimated 660,000 deaths