The World Health Organization estimates that there are up to 500 million cases of malaria, and more than 1 million resulting deaths each year. In Africa a child dies from malaria every 30 seconds.
Even though malaria patients are not themselves contagious, meaning the disease cannot be transmitted directly from person to person, many face poor treatment upon diagnoses.
Those even suspected of being sick are often locked away from society, stripped of their rights, and left to die. This does nothing to stop the spread of the disease, but is simply an irrational reaction to the public’s fear and panic.
If a zombie pandemic hits with the same potency and spread as the current malaria crisis, there’s no telling to what lengths people will go to protect themselves from infection.
Sure little Jimmy across the street may just have caught a common cold and nothing more, but don’t be surprised if you find yourself screaming for his head as you smash down his parents’ front door.
Worse yet, what if you’re Jimmy?