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10 Cold Fever Facts about Malaria

1. Malaria kills a child every 60 seconds
2. Malaria causes an estimated 4-10 million missed days of school each year
3. Malaria costs Africa an estimated $12 billion a year in lost productivity
4. 216 million people suffer from malaria every year
5. 91% of deaths occur in children under 5 in Africa
6. Families in Africa can spend up to 25% of their income dealing with malaria
7. In some African countries, up to 40% of health resources are used to treat malaria
8. Malaria disguises itself as normal fever, making it difficult to diagnose before it becomes severe
9. Malaria primarily affects the poor, who cannot afford treatment
10. It only costs $1 to treat a child for malaria, yet 1,400 children die every day from this terrible disease

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