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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.
Sleeping sickness actually caused by acceleration of biological clocks

Sleeping sickness actually caused by acceleration of biological clocks

Genetic changes help mosquitoes to develop pesticide resistance

Genetic changes help mosquitoes to develop pesticide resistance

Researcher shows how rank order can be used to identify complex gene interactions

Researcher shows how rank order can be used to identify complex gene interactions

Alcohol related hangovers may soon be passé with the advent of “safer” alternatives

Alcohol related hangovers may soon be passé with the advent of “safer” alternatives

IU scientists discover way to make drug treatment more successful against malaria

IU scientists discover way to make drug treatment more successful against malaria

Chagas disease presents real public health problem to Canadians

Chagas disease presents real public health problem to Canadians

Texas Biomed scientists develop new animal model that mimics key features of Zika infection

Texas Biomed scientists develop new animal model that mimics key features of Zika infection

Pitting pathogens against each other could prevent drug resistance emerging

Pitting pathogens against each other could prevent drug resistance emerging

Researchers identify potential alternatives to tackle drug resistant malaria parasites

Researchers identify potential alternatives to tackle drug resistant malaria parasites

Common fungus has significant impact on mosquitoes' ability to transmit dengue virus

Common fungus has significant impact on mosquitoes' ability to transmit dengue virus

Malaria parasite employs active strategy to deceive the immune system

Malaria parasite employs active strategy to deceive the immune system

1 in 10 medical products found to be substandard or falsified in low- and middle-income countries

1 in 10 medical products found to be substandard or falsified in low- and middle-income countries

Research could contribute to development of therapeutic drug and vaccine against malaria

Research could contribute to development of therapeutic drug and vaccine against malaria

New genetic study of mosquitoes demonstrates movement of insecticide resistance across Africa

New genetic study of mosquitoes demonstrates movement of insecticide resistance across Africa

Penn researchers find evidence of new malaria species in wild bonobos

Penn researchers find evidence of new malaria species in wild bonobos

Drug used to prevent and treat malaria may also be effective for Zika virus

Drug used to prevent and treat malaria may also be effective for Zika virus

New model provides better understanding of epidemic spreading in realistic circumstances

New model provides better understanding of epidemic spreading in realistic circumstances

Malaria parasites’ decision making influenced by fatty molecule in human blood

Malaria parasites’ decision making influenced by fatty molecule in human blood

Researchers catch killer cells red-handed in the act of microbial murder

Researchers catch killer cells red-handed in the act of microbial murder

Malaria detection using breath analyzers

Malaria detection using breath analyzers