BBC News – Malaria deaths hugely underestimated – Lancet studyPosted: February 6, 2012
“You learn in medical school that people exposed to malaria as children develop immunity and rarely die from malaria as adults,” said Dr Christopher Murray of the University of Washington in Seattle, who led the study.
“What we have found in hospital records, death records, surveys and other sources shows that just is not the case.”
The researchers also concluded malaria eradication was not a possibility in the short-term.
“We estimated that if decreases from the peak year of 2004 continue, malaria mortality will decrease to less than 100,000 deaths only after 2020,” they write.
The Lancet’s editor, Richard Horton, told the BBC: “Right now we don’t actually have any reliable primary numbers for malaria deaths in some of the most malarious regions of the world, so what numbers we have come from estimates.