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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.
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

Forecasting using satellite images can help choose cost-effective responses to control malaria

Forecasting using satellite images can help choose cost-effective responses to control malaria

Virginia Tech researchers receive NIH grant to improve malaria drug

Virginia Tech researchers receive NIH grant to improve malaria drug

EXASOL and PATH collaborate to support Zambian government’s campaign to eliminate malaria

EXASOL and PATH collaborate to support Zambian government’s campaign to eliminate malaria

Programmed artificial proteins could be key to efficient malaria vaccine

Programmed artificial proteins could be key to efficient malaria vaccine

Mathematical models can effectively predict and track malaria transmission

Mathematical models can effectively predict and track malaria transmission

Global leaders announce launch of new council to help eradicate malaria

Global leaders announce launch of new council to help eradicate malaria

Cattle-based vector control efforts may help eradicate malaria in India

Cattle-based vector control efforts may help eradicate malaria in India

Diet and exercise can help lessen damage caused by malaria, UTA study suggests

Diet and exercise can help lessen damage caused by malaria, UTA study suggests