Malaria has been around for five hundred thousand years, but shockingly, the global death toll from malaria has continued to rise since the 1980s. The parasite has developed ever more lethal versions of itself and it now kills a million people a year. Sonia Shah is a self-confessed mosquito-hater. She’s travelled the world tracking down the malaria disease, and has written a book about it.
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Dr. Jenna joins Joe, Kevin, and Toren to look at the mosquito-borne peril of malaria. We discuss the life cycle of the this protist parasite from mosquito to human and back again, tales of a recent outbreak, and news of a promising new treatment strategy.
Malaria remains one of the deadliest diseases worldwide. But the U.S. successfully wiped out the mosquito-borne parasite from the American South in the early part of the 20th century. One researcher thinks this successful campaign offers lessons for how to stop malaria worldwide.
Scientists have figured out how DEET repels mosquitoes. The finding has led the researchers to candidate repellents that are safer and cheaper than DEET and may provide new weapons against mosquito-borne scourges, such as malaria and dengue fever.