• Question: Which virus is the most dangerous malaria or dengue virus?

    Asked by grew1cete to Victoria C, Stephanie F, Sharon M, Penny T, Liv G, Gabrielle (she/her), Fiona G, Erin P on 29 Apr 2024.
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      Erin Pallott answered on 29 Apr 2024:

      Both of these diseases are endemic to much of Africa, Asia and South America and transmitted to people through mosquitoes. Dengue is caused by a virus, and malaria is caused by a parasite.
      Both are very serious diseases, and climate change is causing them to spread further.
      But I’d say malaria is the more dangerous disease.
      Dengue virus infects approximately 400 million people a year, but 75% of those people will not have symptoms, and approximately 40,000 die per year due to dengue fever. Malaria has approximately 210 million cases a year, and 600,000 deaths. So malaria currently kills more people per year overall and has a higher mortality rate for those infected. Both are still very serious and in need of better vaccines!