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Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite called Plasmodium - when infected mosquitoes bite the human body, the parasites multiply in the liver, and then infect red blood cells. Even though this potentially fatal disease can be prevented and cured, each year 350-500 million cases of malaria still occur worldwide, and over one million people die, most of them young children in Africa south of the Sahara, where one in every five (20%) childhood deaths is due to the effects of the disease.

Malaria is so common in Africa because a lack of resources and political instability have prevented the building of solid malaria control programs. Experts say an African child has on average between 1.6 and 5.4 episodes of malaria fever each year and according to the World Health Organization (WHO) as many as half of the world's population are at risk of malaria mainly in the world's poorest and most vulnerable countries and every 30 seconds a child dies from malaria.
First-of-its-kind mouse model could help study post-malaria epilepsy in children

First-of-its-kind mouse model could help study post-malaria epilepsy in children

Biologists discover secondary set of odor sensors in malaria mosquitoes

Biologists discover secondary set of odor sensors in malaria mosquitoes

Researchers devise new way of creating common anti-malarial medication

Researchers devise new way of creating common anti-malarial medication

Scientists develop novel drug release procedure for efficient malaria treatment

Scientists develop novel drug release procedure for efficient malaria treatment

New research reveals link between sickle cell trait and increased risk of developing kidney failure

New research reveals link between sickle cell trait and increased risk of developing kidney failure

WHO report: 1.7 million children die every year due to unhealthy environments

WHO report: 1.7 million children die every year due to unhealthy environments

Experts join forces to study affordable malaria drug for treating colorectal cancer

Experts join forces to study affordable malaria drug for treating colorectal cancer

MIT biological engineers develop method to measure heme levels inside malaria parasite

MIT biological engineers develop method to measure heme levels inside malaria parasite

NIH launches new study to test experimental vaccine that targets mosquito-transmitted diseases

NIH launches new study to test experimental vaccine that targets mosquito-transmitted diseases

Investigational malaria vaccine protects against multiple strains, study shows

Investigational malaria vaccine protects against multiple strains, study shows

UofL researcher receives NIH grant to study microbes responsible for protecting against malaria

UofL researcher receives NIH grant to study microbes responsible for protecting against malaria

UC San Diego researchers receive new grant to advance malaria research

UC San Diego researchers receive new grant to advance malaria research

WHO’s Global Hearts initiative focuses on reducing heart disease worldwide

WHO’s Global Hearts initiative focuses on reducing heart disease worldwide

Researchers identify molecular signatures to predict efficacy of malaria vaccines

Researchers identify molecular signatures to predict efficacy of malaria vaccines

Sunburn and mosquito bites may ruin spring vacation in tropical locales

Sunburn and mosquito bites may ruin spring vacation in tropical locales

New discovery could lead to more effective malaria vaccine

New discovery could lead to more effective malaria vaccine

Malaria mosquitoes exhibit similar sensitivity to heat and horseradish

Malaria mosquitoes exhibit similar sensitivity to heat and horseradish

Scientists discover reason behind mosquitoes’ attraction towards people with malaria

Scientists discover reason behind mosquitoes’ attraction towards people with malaria

Mosquito research receives major grant to accelerate development of new vector control tools

Mosquito research receives major grant to accelerate development of new vector control tools

Scientists secure NIH grant to test portable blood-adhesion monitor for sickle cell disease patients

Scientists secure NIH grant to test portable blood-adhesion monitor for sickle cell disease patients