The Rare and Deadly Diseases You Might Not Know About, but Should

2. Malaria

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An infected mosquito can spread malaria. | iStock.com/auimeesri

Malaria can result from a bite from an infected marsh mosquito that’s carrying a specific parasite, which is most common in tropical and subtropical areas. According to the CDC, there were 214 million cases of the disease around the world in 2015, and 1,500 cases are diagnosed in the U.S. annually. It might not compare to heart disease, but it’s definitely something to be aware of.

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