(WASHINGTON) -- On Monday countries across the globe will acknowledge World Malaria Day.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), World Malaria Day was instituted by the World Health Assembly in 2007, and is an occasion for recognizing the global effort devoted to providing effective control of the disease.
The WHO says the day is also an opportunity for research and academic institutions to flag their scientific advances to experts and the general public and for international partners, companies and foundations to feature their efforts and reflect on how to improve upon what has worked
Individuals living in extremely poor countries are said to be most vulnerable to malaria. Every year there are about 250 million cases of malaria reported throughout the world, and nearly 800,000 deaths, according to the WHO.
Approximately 1,200 to 1,500 new cases are reported in the United States each year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, with all cases said to be originating outside of U.S. borders.
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