I'm glad researchers are finding more natural ways to treat or prevent malaria. The medicine for malaria can make people pretty sick. It's pretty awful that you can get so sick just from a mosquito bite.
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Clinical and Economic Importance of the Malaria Parasite
The malaria parasites of man include four species: Plasmodium vivax, the causative agent of tertiam malaria, Plasmodium malariae, the causative agent of quartan malaria, Plasmodium falciparum, the causative agent of tropical (falciparum) malaria, Plasmodium Ovale, the causative agent of tertian Ovale-malaria. What is their effects to the human health? Ref. Source 7
U.S. Researchers say they've successfully tested a vaccine for malaria on a small group of volunteers and hope to conduct large-scale tests soon.
The vaccine involves multiple, intravenous injections of a weakened form of the disease, scientists from the National Institutes of Health, the Navy, Army and other organizations reported today. Though the results were promising, more extensive field testing will be required, the researchers wrote.
The mosquito-borne tropical disease kills about 1 million people a year and sickens more than 200 million. There is no current vaccine. Ref. CNN
3-D Protein Map Offers New Malaria Vaccine Hope
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The first three-dimensional 'map' of a critical protein that malaria parasites use to invade human red blood cells has been created, offering clues for developing a vaccine countering the most widespread species of the parasite.