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US Sees Local Spread of Malaria for First Time Since 2003

Florida, Texas see cases spread by mosquitos

(Newser) - The United States has seen five cases of malaria spread by mosquitos in the last two months—the first time there's been local spread in 20 years, the AP reports. There were four cases detected in Florida and one in Texas, according to a health alert issued Monday by...

New Malaria Vaccine Hailed as 'World-Changing'

Scientists hope to see it rolled out next year

(Newser) - The world's first malaria vaccine was rolled out last year, after more than a century of effort to develop immunizations that would work against the tricky disease, which changes forms inside the body. Now, a team from the University of Oxford says it has developed another vaccine that could...

WHO's Vaccine Move Called 'Glimmer of Hope' for Africa

In 'historic moment,' UN endorses malaria vaccine for children

(Newser) - The world’s first malaria vaccine should be given to children across Africa, the World Health Organization recommended Wednesday, a move that officials hope will spur stalled efforts to curb the spread of the parasitic disease. From the AP :
  • "A historic moment." WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called

China Officially Wipes Out Malaria
China Officially
Wipes Out

China Officially Wipes Out Malaria

WHO declares the eradication, after a national campaign lasting decades

(Newser) - A long national effort to eradicate malaria in China has paid off: The World Health Organization decreed Wednesday that the country is free of the disease. The success "was hard-earned and came only after decades of targeted and sustained action," said the agency's director general, the New ...

Hydroxycholorquine Trial Bites the Dust
COVID-19 Drug Trial
Bites the Dust

COVID-19 Drug Trial Bites the Dust

The World Health Organization abandons testing of hydroxycholorquine

(Newser) - The World Health Organization says it is ending a trial into whether anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine helps patients hospitalized with COVID-19, the AP reports. WHO said Saturday it has "accepted the recommendation" from the committee overseeing the trial to discontinue testing of hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir, a drug combination used to...

Doctor Who Cited Trump Gets in Trouble With Feds
Feds Charge Doctor
Who Cited Trump

Feds Charge Doctor Who Cited Trump

Jennings Staley was allegedly selling a 'COVID-19 cure' that included hydroxychloroquine

(Newser) - "Guaranteed." That word has gotten San Diego physician Jennings Staley in hot water after he allegedly promoted—and offered to sell—the drug hydroxychloroquine as a cure for COVID-19, CNN reports. Staley had offered the drug on his website (now taken down) and cited President Trump's enthusiasm...

A Mosquito Study Started as 'a Lark.' Then It Worked

Scientists discover that our diet drugs work on the insects, keep them from feeding

(Newser) - Human diet pills could one day stop mosquitoes from feasting on you in the night. Scientists have given drugs used on people to trick blood-thirsty mosquitoes into thinking they've already had their fill of blood. The researchers hope the technique will eventually be used to control the spread of...

Pet Meds, Laser Fences Could Tackle Insect-Borne Diseases

Scientists say isoxazolines could prevent up to 97% of Zika cases

(Newser) - Scientists are testing new ways to prevent the spread of insect-borne diseases like Zika and malaria, one of which involves sharing medication with your dog. New research funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation suggests drugs included in anti-flea and tick medications for pets could prevent 97% of Zika...

Malaria Death of Young Girl Has Italian Authorities Mystified

'It's a mystery, almost impossible'

(Newser) - The death of a 4-year-old girl from malaria on Monday in Italy has local health authorities searching for answers and worrying about a resurgence of the deadly disease, NPR reports. Italy was declared malaria-free in 1970, and the mosquito that carries the disease no longer lives in the country. "...

After Decades of Work, a Malaria Vaccine Is Here

3 countries have been chosen for testing

(Newser) - Three African countries have been chosen to test the world's first malaria vaccine, the World Health Organization announced Monday. Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi will begin piloting the injectable vaccine next year with young children. The vaccine, which has partial effectiveness, has the potential to save tens of thousands of...

Mosquitoes Do Not Care About Your Citronella Candles

Very few repellants actually repel the biting insect

(Newser) - It isn't just nice when mosquito repellents actually do what they claim to—it's necessary. The biting insects are one of nature's top disease vectors, spreading everything from yellow fever and dengue to Zika and malaria, and a group of scientists recently set out to test which...

Desperate Venezuelans Turn to Mines, Find Malaria
Desperate Venezuelans
Turn to Mines, Find Malaria
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Desperate Venezuelans Turn to Mines, Find Malaria

Disease makes a resurgence in dire times

(Newser) - More than a half-century ago, the World Health Organization recognized Venezuela as the first nation to wipe out malaria in its populated areas. It was even ahead of the US on that count. Today, though, the disease is making a ferocious comeback in the nation, even if the government fails...

British Sportscaster in Rio Spends Olympics in Coma

Charlie Webster was nearly killed by malaria

(Newser) - A British sportscaster "nearly died" after contracting a rare form of malaria in Brazil, the Guardian reports. According to the BBC , 33-year-old Charlie Webster arrived in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 4 after completing the six-day, 3,000-mile Ride to Rio charity bike ride. She fell ill the next...

1st-Ever Endemic Malaria Found in US Mammals

Scientists stumble on find at the National Zoo

(Newser) - Talk about a surprise: Two years ago, scientists researching avian malaria happened to learn that two strains of the parasite are infecting white-tailed deer—possibly 25% of those living on the East Coast, Smithsonian reports. Until then, no endemic malaria had been seen in North or South American mammals. "...

Scientists Create Malaria-Proof Mosquitoes

Edited genes spread to 99.5% of offspring in study

(Newser) - Scientists have yet to figure out how to get rid of mosquitoes for good (yes, there are people working on that), but they've done something almost as good: They've developed a genetically modified mosquito that's resistant to malaria. They're only flying around a lab for now,...

Study: Why Mosquitoes Like You More

Study suggests our genes control scents that attract or repel mosquitoes

(Newser) - Mosquito bites aren't just annoying. They can be lethal, especially in certain parts of the world where they spread malaria and Chikungunya. Now a pilot study out of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine suggests that our genes dictate whether mosquitoes are attracted to us, researchers report...

Malaria Nets Can't Stop New 'Super Mosquito'

Insects created by interbreeding 2 Mali species survive exposure

(Newser) - For years, campaigns such as Nothing But Nets have been trying to control the scourge of malaria —a blood disease spread by mosquito bites—by sending insecticide-laced nets to hard-hit regions (mostly in Africa). But a University of California-Davis study has some bad news: Researchers have discovered a hybrid...

US Malaria Experiments in 1940s Left Troops 'Ruined'

'The Malaria Project' looks at effort to find drug

(Newser) - The goal was just, the execution anything but: In the 1940s, the US government pulled together an operation designed to find a cure for malaria, which infected some 500,000 American troops during WWII. How they went about doing so is revealed in Karen Masterson's new book, The Malaria ...

Toddlers' Blood Could Hold Key to Beating Malaria

New vaccine traps disease inside blood cells

(Newser) - Researchers think they've found a promising new potential weapon in the fight against malaria in a fairly unlikely place: the blood of toddlers. In a paper published in Science today, researchers detail how they examined the blood of more than 750 children in Tanzania. They found that about 6%...

Climate Change Helps Malaria Spread

 Malaria Reaching 
 Higher Altitudes 

Malaria Reaching Higher Altitudes

Rising temperatures open up new heights to parasite

(Newser) - Efforts to eradicate malaria are going to be hit hard by rising temperatures that open up new altitudes to the mosquitoes that carry the disease, researchers warn. Both mosquitoes and the malaria parasite struggle in chillier temperatures, and a new study has found that the disease climbs to higher elevations...

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