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Data on Malaria


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  • Worldwide, there were 236,863,095 suspected malaria cases in 2009, nearly half of which – 111,095,796 – were recorded in south-east Asia.
  • Meanwhile, there were 81,735,305 ‘probable and confirmed’ malaria cases in 2009, the vast majority of which – 68,925,435 – were recorded in Africa.
  • Uganda and Kenya were the countries with the highest absolute numbers of probable and confirmed malaria cases in 2009, with some 9.8 million and 8.1 million cases respectively.
  • Of the world's 117,704 in-patient malaria deaths in 2009, 111,885 occurred in Africa.
  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo recorded the highest number of in-patient malaria deaths – 21,168 – followed by Ivory Coast and Angola.

Note: This dataset only contains figures for officially recorded cases.

More data available on: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/datablog/2011/apr/25/world-malaria-day-data?intcmp=122

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