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WHO aims to wipe out malaria within two decades

Geneva - The World health Organization (WHO) is aiming to eliminate malaria from the planet by 2030. The United Nations health agency thinks that this feat is achievable, provided resources are provided by world governments.

No new malaria cases in Europe, Caucasus or Central Asia in 2015

Copenhagen - No new cases of malaria originated in Europe, Central Asia or the Caucasus in 2015, the first year without a transmission for almost 30 years, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

New malaria parasite weakness detected

Scientists report that a weakness with the parasite responsible for the cause of malaria has been detected, based on the development of the parasite being based on its ability to extract genetic material.

Gates pledges action to stop malaria deaths

Liverpool - Bill Gates and a consortium of charitable bodies and governments are aiming to end deaths from malaria. Behind this aim is a multi-million investment from the British government.

Britain and Bill Gates announce £3 billion to eradicate malaria

London - Britain's finance minister and tech billionaire Bill Gates unveiled Monday a plan to spend billions to eradicate "the world's deadliest killer" malaria.Chancellor George Osborne and Gates announced £3 billion ($4.

WHO expert panel urges pilot roll-out of first malaria vaccine

Ginebra - A World Health Organization expert panel on Friday recommended pilot roll-outs of the world's most advanced malaria vaccine to young children in several areas of sub-Saharan Africa, before considering wider use.

Drug-resistant malaria could spread to Africa: Study

Paris - A drug-resistant malaria parasite from southeast Asia can infect African mosquitoes, said a study Tuesday, boosting fears that a hard-to-cure variant of the disease could reach the world's most vulnerable continent.

Factfile on Nobel anti-malaria drug artemisin

Paris - A frontline drug in the fight against malaria, artemisinin has a history going back many centuries, for it traces its past to ancient Chinese medicine.

Malaria deaths fall 60 percent since 2000: UN

Ginebra - Malaria deaths worldwide have fallen by 60 percent since 2000, the UN said Thursday, with improved diagnostic tests and the massive distribution of mosquito nets aiding dramatic progress against the disease.

Panama Canal to limit ship size due to drought caused by El Niño

Panama City - A drought triggered by an El Niño is prompting the Panama Canal Authority to place restrictions on the size of ships allowed through the famed canal. Beginning Sept. 8, the maximum draft (depth in the water) will be cut to 39ft. (11.89m).

Malaria vaccine gets regulatory nod

London - The world's most advanced malaria vaccine got the nod Friday from European regulators, despite mixed trial results, for eventual use in children in African countries plagued by the killer disease.

Repeated infections of mosquitoes makes malaria worse

If a mosquito gets re-infected with the parasite that causes malaria then evidence suggest that the parasites become more harmful to the next host. This is to do with multiple infections of different parasites.

South African birds reveal parasite diversity

The colorful and varied birds of South Africa contain a range of different pathogens and parasites. Among this array of microscopic organisms are the single-celled animals that cause malaria. The range has surprised scientists.

How Viagra can prevent malaria transmission

Viagra, the well-known drug for men with sexual problems, may have another use: fighting the malaria parasite. This is, in all seriousness, by increasing the stiffness of infected erythrocytes (red blood cells).

Malaria vaccine offers partial protection: Final results

Paris - The world's most advanced malaria candidate vaccine offers young children partial protection that wanes with time, but could shield millions against the deadly parasite, its developers said Friday.

Malaria cells produce odors that attract mosquitoes

Malaria causing parasites produce chemical compounds that give off odors. These odors attract mosquitoes to come and bite an infected animal, thereby ensuring the cycle of infection continues.

Disease carrying mosquitoes could reach the U.K.

Mosquitoes carrying "tropical diseases" could become widespread across the U.K. over the next 20 or 30 years. This is assuming that European temperatures continue to rise.

Resistant malaria moves closer to India border

Parasites resistant to the antimalarial drug artemisinin are spreading through mosquitoes. A new study shows that mosquitoes carrying these parasites are in Myanmar and are heading to the India border.

Potential antimalarial drug made from algae

Scientists have used algae to produce a malaria parasite protein. When the algae-produced protein is paired with an immune-boosting cocktail, studies showed generated antibodies in mice were able to eliminate a mosquito infection.

Using bacteria to battle malaria as possible drug treatment

Uppsala - A newly discovered family of bacteria, found in malaria-carrying mosquitoes, could hold the key to fighting the parasitic disease.

Little risk of malaria making a species jump

If the goal of eliminating the most dangerous malaria-causing parasite is achieved, will another type associated with a different species take its place?

New understanding with anti-malarial drug resistance

London - Researchers have identified mutations associated with resistance to afrontline antimalarial drug called artemisinin. This is part of the fight back against anti-malarial drug resistance.

Misuse of antibiotics can lead to increase in malaria

New research suggests that mosquitoes that consume penicillin and streptomycin-laced human blood pick up malaria more easily.

Move over Ebola- Malaria next big health crisis

The World Health Organization recently reported the number of people dying from Malaria has dropped 47 percent in Sub-Saharan Africa since 2000. WHO attributed the success in reducing the number of deaths, in large part, to better diagnosis and treatment.

Beneficial bacteria help fight malaria

Lisbonne - Specific bacterial components in the human gut can help trigger a natural defense mechanism that guards against malaria transmission. This has come from a new study.

Malaria deaths halved since 2000, Ebola risks gains: WHO

Geneva - The number of people dying from malaria has almost halved since 2000, although progress in west Africa risks being reversed by the Ebola outbreak, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

Malaria deaths halved since 2000, Ebola risks gains: WHO

Geneva - The number of people dying from malaria has almost halved since 2000, although progress in west Africa risks being reversed by the Ebola outbreak, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.

Why do some mosquitoes carry malaria?

Researchers have genetically mapped 16 Anopheles mosquito species. Anopheles mosquitoes transmit human malaria parasites. Scientists are curious to understand why only a few dozen of the 500 different Anopheles species worldwide transmit malaria.

Using cancer-fighting drugs against malaria

Scientists have identified a several compounds that may lead to different ways to fight the malaria. Specifically, a university team has identified 31 enzyme-blocking molecules that could halt malaria before symptoms start.

For West African nations, Ebola is but the tip of the iceberg

The Ebola epidemic ravaging West Africa has certainly caught the world's attention, especially with WHO declaring it an international health emergency. But as some people suggest, the move was merely a symbolic gesture. Actually, Ebola is not the problem.
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The spread of artemisinin resistant malaria  parasites is becoming a great concern in Myanmar
The spread of artemisinin resistant malaria parasites is becoming a great concern in Myanmar,
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A female Anopheles albimanus mosquito feeding on a human arm. This mosquito is a vector of malaria.
A female Anopheles albimanus mosquito feeding on a human arm. This mosquito is a vector of malaria.
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Yanomami children.
Yanomami children.
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the lovely blooming of a brugmansia suaveiolens plant.
the lovely blooming of a brugmansia suaveiolens plant.
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The international United Nations campaign Nothing But Nets made a stop in Toronto to help bring awar...
The international United Nations campaign Nothing But Nets made a stop in Toronto to help bring awareness to residents that malaria is a serious global issue. They urged people to donate money to buy a net for those refugees living in African camps.
The international United Nations campaign Nothing But Nets made a stop in Toronto to help bring awar...
The international United Nations campaign Nothing But Nets made a stop in Toronto to help bring awareness to residents that malaria is a serious global issue. They urged people to donate money to buy a net for those refugees living in African camps.
The international United Nations campaign Nothing But Nets made a stop in Toronto to help bring awar...
The international United Nations campaign Nothing But Nets made a stop in Toronto to help bring awareness to residents that malaria is a serious global issue. They urged people to donate money to buy a net for those refugees living in African camps.
Electron micrograph of the malarial parasite Plasmodium
Electron micrograph of the malarial parasite Plasmodium
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THIS 15- TO 20-MILLION-YEAR-OLD MOSQUITO CULEX MALARIAGER  WAS DISCOVERED IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC ...
THIS 15- TO 20-MILLION-YEAR-OLD MOSQUITO CULEX MALARIAGER, WAS DISCOVERED IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC PRESERVED IN AMBER, AND IS INFECTED WITH THE MALARIAL PARASITE PLASMODIUM DOMINICANA.
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Glass representation of the parasite that causes malaria
Glass representation of the parasite that causes malaria
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This finding comes from a recent study that revealed the closest  genetic match between malaria that...
This finding comes from a recent study that revealed the closest genetic match between malaria that infects humans and malaria that infects gorillas. The result contradicts previous studies that point to chimpanzees as the potential reservoir of malignant malaria.
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A mosquito in the process of biting someone
A mosquito in the process of biting someone
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Local clinic trating malaria patients.
Local clinic trating malaria patients.
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