“Malaria deaths twice as high as was thought,” The Independent has reported today. Many newspapers have covered research that found that malaria claimed 1.2 million lives worldwide in 2010. The Guardian also reveals that the study “demolishes conventional thinking” that almost all malaria deaths are in babies and small children under the age of five.
Malaria-related deaths in the UK were not examined in this study. Malaria is not generally present in the UK, but this preventable disease is commonly contracted by unprepared travellers visiting tropical and subtropical regions. In recent years, newspapers have reported several cases of high-profile people who have caught malaria, including pop star Cheryl Cole and Premiership footballer, Didier Drogba.