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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.
Study sheds light on how T cells specialize to combat pathogens

Study sheds light on how T cells specialize to combat pathogens

Slowdown in global warming led to lower malaria incidence in Ethiopia

Slowdown in global warming led to lower malaria incidence in Ethiopia

New gene-drive technologies can help control crop pests

New gene-drive technologies can help control crop pests

New software tool enables swift analysis of datasets generated from single-cell sequencing

New software tool enables swift analysis of datasets generated from single-cell sequencing

Study: Role of natural mosquito behavior on malaria transmission

Study: Role of natural mosquito behavior on malaria transmission

New technology could improve antibody testing in a broad range of diseases

New technology could improve antibody testing in a broad range of diseases

Vaccine based on virus-like particle could generate antibodies to prevent malaria

Vaccine based on virus-like particle could generate antibodies to prevent malaria

New project on self-deleting gene technology takes aim at mosquito populations

New project on self-deleting gene technology takes aim at mosquito populations

Researchers develop new method to produce artificial organelles in living yeast cells

Researchers develop new method to produce artificial organelles in living yeast cells

Researchers outline the future effects of global warming on major cancers

Researchers outline the future effects of global warming on major cancers

Affordable health care can reduce illegal logging, preserve biodiverse carbon sinks

Affordable health care can reduce illegal logging, preserve biodiverse carbon sinks

UNM researchers identify medications that could help fight COVID-19 infection

UNM researchers identify medications that could help fight COVID-19 infection

New technology rapidly diagnoses sickle cell disease

New technology rapidly diagnoses sickle cell disease

Dynamic map shows how immune cells fight microbes and remember future infections

Dynamic map shows how immune cells fight microbes and remember future infections

Researchers trace neurons in mosquitoes that sense blood's distinctive flavor

Researchers trace neurons in mosquitoes that sense blood's distinctive flavor

Researchers test the effect of hydroxychloroquine versus favipiravir in SARS-CoV-2−infected hamsters

Researchers test the effect of hydroxychloroquine versus favipiravir in SARS-CoV-2−infected hamsters

Scientists shed light on immune evasion strategy used by malaria-causing parasite

Scientists shed light on immune evasion strategy used by malaria-causing parasite

Study finds how the malaria parasite can withstand fever's heat

Study finds how the malaria parasite can withstand fever's heat

Researchers develop new tools that control the balance of genetic inheritance

Researchers develop new tools that control the balance of genetic inheritance

SMART researchers discover a novel method to produce human red blood cells

SMART researchers discover a novel method to produce human red blood cells