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Hate to spoil the Christmas fun, but...
on December 15, 2012
Severe malaria can progress extremely rapidly and cause death within hours or days. In the most severe cases of the disease, fatality rates can reach 20%, even with intensive care and treatment. Over the longer term, developmental impairments have been documented in children who have suffered episodes of severe malaria.
Malaria causes widespread anemia during a period of rapid brain development, and also direct brain damage. This neurologic damage results from cerebral malaria to which children are more vulnerable. Some survivors of cerebral malaria have an increased risk of neurological and cognitive deficits, behavioural disorders, and epilepsy. The World Health Organization has estimated that in 2010, there were 216 million documented cases of malaria. That year, between 655,000 and 1.2 million people died from the disease (roughly 2000-3000 per day), many of whom were children in Africa.
This Christmas, thousands of American kids will get this "educational toy" as a gift from their parents. Or, more likely, from Crazy Uncle Jester. Just make sure the kids don't suffer from malaria. I mean, it might spoil the fun.