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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WHO calls on global health partners to step up the fight against malaria

WHO calls on global health partners to step up the fight against malaria

Largest clinical trial launched to treat mild-to-moderate COVID-19 patients in Africa

Largest clinical trial launched to treat mild-to-moderate COVID-19 patients in Africa

Compounds in traditional Chinese medicine herbs may inhibit SARS-CoV-2 infection

Compounds in traditional Chinese medicine herbs may inhibit SARS-CoV-2 infection

Lancaster University to help control the spread of invasive malaria mosquito

Lancaster University to help control the spread of invasive malaria mosquito

Texas Biomed awarded $1 million to evaluate MAb therapeutics for COVID-19

Texas Biomed awarded $1 million to evaluate MAb therapeutics for COVID-19

High prevalence of cross-reactive anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in sub-Saharan Africa

High prevalence of cross-reactive anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in sub-Saharan Africa

Antimalarials could disrupt SARS-CoV-2’s Nsp1 translation termination

Antimalarials could disrupt SARS-CoV-2’s Nsp1 translation termination

Weekly exercise linked to lower risk of Alzheimer's disease in patients with mild cognitive impairment

Weekly exercise linked to lower risk of Alzheimer's disease in patients with mild cognitive impairment

Trump’s anti-abortion zeal shook fragile health systems around the world

Trump’s anti-abortion zeal shook fragile health systems around the world

Promising yeast-expressed SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidate effective in mice

Promising yeast-expressed SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidate effective in mice

Study opens a new avenue for prophylactic anti-malarial strategies

Study opens a new avenue for prophylactic anti-malarial strategies

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Climate change linked to higher rates of cancer

New, effective CRISPR-based gene drive approach to control transmission of malaria parasites

New, effective CRISPR-based gene drive approach to control transmission of malaria parasites

Microneedle patch for rapid, blood-free malaria testing

Microneedle patch for rapid, blood-free malaria testing

Study: COVID-19 lockdowns increase the number of polio cases in Pakistan

Study: COVID-19 lockdowns increase the number of polio cases in Pakistan

Princeton professor selected to receive new award recognizing faculty innovation

Princeton professor selected to receive new award recognizing faculty innovation

Exposure to artemisinin drug could increase sexual conversion rate of malaria parasite

Exposure to artemisinin drug could increase sexual conversion rate of malaria parasite

Study reveals complex and vast diversity of African genetic variation

Study reveals complex and vast diversity of African genetic variation

Study reveals sex-based differences in clearance of asymptomatic malaria infections

Study reveals sex-based differences in clearance of asymptomatic malaria infections

Phase 1 trial results of gorilla adenovirus vaccine for COVID-19

Phase 1 trial results of gorilla adenovirus vaccine for COVID-19