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World Malaria Day today

KARACHI: World Malaria Day is being observed across the globe including Pakistan on Thursday (today) in order to create awareness of malaria and generate support for the fight against this preventable and treatable disease.

The theme for World Malaria Day 2019 is ‘Zero Malaria Starts with Me’, and its aim is to empower individuals across the world to make a personal commitment to saving millions more lives, and help communities and economies to thrive by ending the fatal disease.

World Health Organization (WHO) actively plays a role in promoting and supporting World Malaria Day.

World Malaria Day is marked each year on 25 April. On this day global efforts are recognized to control the disease.  According to a survey, more than 3.3 billion people across the world are at risk of catching the disease.

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Malaria is spread by mosquito bite. It is mostly prevailent in the Sub-Sahara African region and the Americas. The disease is spread by the increase in malarial parasites in the body. Symptoms of the disease include high fever and headache.

Seminars, workshops and conferences are held across the world to educate the people about the disease and how they can take precautionary measures to protect themselves from it.

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