Malaria

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.
What is Malaria?

Malaria is an infectious disease of tropical countries. It is spread by mosquitoes. It is manifested by fever along with chills and rigors. Unless it is diagnosed and treated promptly, it can be fatal. A single mosquito bite may be enough to cause the infection.

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Scientists suggest that anti-malarial drugs could be repurposed to treat COVID-19

Scientists suggest that anti-malarial drugs could be repurposed to treat COVID-19

New technology precisely diagnoses sickle cell disease in a minute

New technology precisely diagnoses sickle cell disease in a minute

Cloud-based tool can rapidly detect and track emerging pathogens

Cloud-based tool can rapidly detect and track emerging pathogens

New position statement clarifies WHO's stance on the use of genetically modified mosquitoes

New position statement clarifies WHO's stance on the use of genetically modified mosquitoes

Scientists discover new method to retrieve lost single-cell RNA-sequencing information

Scientists discover new method to retrieve lost single-cell RNA-sequencing information

Study offers new insight on molecular mechanisms that allow malaria parasites to spread disease

Study offers new insight on molecular mechanisms that allow malaria parasites to spread disease

Researchers create multi-functional nano-vaccine to prevent toxoplasmosis

Researchers create multi-functional nano-vaccine to prevent toxoplasmosis

Molecular stilts help deadly parasites to invade host cells

Molecular stilts help deadly parasites to invade host cells

Female mosquitoes can detect a combination of four different substances in blood

Female mosquitoes can detect a combination of four different substances in blood

Dynamic map reveals how cells fight microbes and preserve memory for future infections

Dynamic map reveals how cells fight microbes and preserve memory for future infections

Study compares the effect of hydroxychloroquine versus favipiravir in SARS-CoV-2−infected hamsters

Study compares the effect of hydroxychloroquine versus favipiravir in SARS-CoV-2−infected hamsters

Findings could bring hope for novel therapeutic strategies against malaria

Findings could bring hope for novel therapeutic strategies against malaria

New report estimates the global burden of stillbirths

New report estimates the global burden of stillbirths

Study reveals potential utility of artemisinin-based treatments against SARS-CoV-2

Study reveals potential utility of artemisinin-based treatments against SARS-CoV-2

Understanding how the malaria parasite can withstand fever's heat

Understanding how the malaria parasite can withstand fever's heat

PATH wins grant to develop oral treatment option for soil-transmitted helminth infections

PATH wins grant to develop oral treatment option for soil-transmitted helminth infections

Compounds repurposed from malaria treatment can kill diarrheal pathogen

Compounds repurposed from malaria treatment can kill diarrheal pathogen

New agreements to ensure all countries have fair access to COVID-19 rapid diagnostic tests

New agreements to ensure all countries have fair access to COVID-19 rapid diagnostic tests

As fires and floods wreak havoc on health, new climate center seeks solutions

As fires and floods wreak havoc on health, new climate center seeks solutions

Scientists develop new tool for studying the biting behavior of mosquitoes

Scientists develop new tool for studying the biting behavior of mosquitoes