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WASHINGTON — Like many teens, Olivia Kessler was unaware of malaria’s devastating global death toll. Each year, the disease, which is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito, strikes an estimated 219 million people in 109 countries around the world.
Approximately 600,000 people die from malaria every year; most are children under the age of five.
“I’m very passionate about global health issues, but I didn’t know much about malaria,” said Kessler, 18, a senior at the Edmund Burke School in Washington, DC. “I knew it was treatable and could be eradicated.”