‘Deadliest Predator’ Exhibit at Union Station to Mark World Malaria Day 2010

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“Deadliest Predator” is an interactive exhibit from international aid group World Vision that educates visitors about the mosquito-borne disease malaria and how this preventable and treatable pandemic can be stopped. The exhibit, at Washington DC’s Union Station, depicts the history of malaria in the U.S., where Presidents Washington, Lincoln and Roosevelt--three of the four commemorated on Mount Rushmore--all survived malaria. It also shows how the disease, a leading cause of child deaths worldwide, can be eliminated globally using simple, cost-effective measures like bed nets.

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"Deadliest Predator" is an interactive exhibit that educates visitors about the mosquito-borne disease malaria and how this preventable and treatable pandemic can be stopped. The exhibit, at Washington DC’s Union Station the week following World Malaria Day, depicts the history of malaria in the U.S. and how it was eradicated here, while demonstrating that it still infects 250 million people worldwide annually and is a leading killer of children and pregnant mothers in developing nations.

The exhibit was created by international aid group World Vision, which is working to reduce the illness and death caused by malaria in vulnerable communities by providing bed nets and prevention education to households, which along with accessible low-cost treatment can go far towards eliminating the burden of the disease worldwide. Progress is being made in Africa and elsewhere, and further commitment is needed to stop the needless deaths of one child every 40 seconds to malaria.

The Union Station event will help individuals to learn how they can help and use their voice to End Malaria. See more, including educational videos and ways to give, at http://www.endmalaria.org

When: April 26-30: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00pm, May 1: 10:00 a.m-2:00 p.m.

Where: Union Station, West Hall -- 50 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Washington, DC

About End Malaria: World Vision's End Malaria campaign aims to significantly reduce the illness and death caused by malaria by distributing long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed nets in vulnerable communities, along with prevention education, and advocating for an increase in U.S. government funding. This will allow a scale-up of existing anti-malaria programs and enhance the efforts of the global movement to combat malaria. World Vision works in 64 malaria-endemic countries, 24 of them in sub-Saharan Africa.

About World Vision: World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. We serve the world’s poor – regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.

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