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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.
Scientists may soon be able to prevent disease-spreading mosquitoes from maturing

Scientists may soon be able to prevent disease-spreading mosquitoes from maturing

An old plant virus inspires the design of novel second-generation malaria vaccine

An old plant virus inspires the design of novel second-generation malaria vaccine

Clinical trial to test safety, effectiveness of mAb against malaria in healthy volunteers

Clinical trial to test safety, effectiveness of mAb against malaria in healthy volunteers

UMD entomologists recognized by AAAS with 2019 Newcomb Cleveland Prize

UMD entomologists recognized by AAAS with 2019 Newcomb Cleveland Prize

Researchers win 2019 AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize for malaria-fighting technology

Researchers win 2019 AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize for malaria-fighting technology

Iron overload, variant gene and malaria resistance linked in African study

Iron overload, variant gene and malaria resistance linked in African study

3D capillary system offers a new approach to investigate obstruction of microvessels

3D capillary system offers a new approach to investigate obstruction of microvessels

Study explains equal attraction of mosquitoes to flowers and humans

Study explains equal attraction of mosquitoes to flowers and humans

Researchers develop novel technology to produce cheaper, longer-lasting vaccines

Researchers develop novel technology to produce cheaper, longer-lasting vaccines

Genetically engineered mosquitoes halt Dengue spread

Genetically engineered mosquitoes halt Dengue spread

Molecular-level understanding of drug interactions could pave way for better malaria treatments

Molecular-level understanding of drug interactions could pave way for better malaria treatments

WHO spells out most urgent health issues for the next 10 years

WHO spells out most urgent health issues for the next 10 years

Study suggests average body temperature in humans falling

Study suggests average body temperature in humans falling

The International Consortium Claims Medical Breakthrough in Malaria Research

The International Consortium Claims Medical Breakthrough in Malaria Research

New mathematical model can efficiently model the expression of enzymes in living cells

New mathematical model can efficiently model the expression of enzymes in living cells

UMSOM research shows even milder cases of diarrheal diseases can lead to child mortality

UMSOM research shows even milder cases of diarrheal diseases can lead to child mortality

Breastfeeding mothers could naturally vaccinate their babies against malaria

Breastfeeding mothers could naturally vaccinate their babies against malaria

Researchers use single cell genome sequencing to study malaria transmission

Researchers use single cell genome sequencing to study malaria transmission

NYU Langone Health announces launch of a multidisciplinary Vaccine Center

NYU Langone Health announces launch of a multidisciplinary Vaccine Center

Prison sentences given to scientists who gene-edited babies

Prison sentences given to scientists who gene-edited babies