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How common is malaria?

Although malaria has virtually disappeared from most of the developed countries, it is still one of the leading infectious causes of death worldwide. An estimated 216 million cases of malaria were reported around the globe in 2010, and 655,000 people died from the disease that year. About 91% of those deaths occured in Africa, with young children representing the majority of malaria deaths worldwide. About 1,500 cases of malaria are reported in the United States each year. Generally, these cases occur in people who have recently come from areas where the disease is endemic.

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