Malaria is a health problem in more than 90 countries where about 40% of the world’s population live. Each year 1.5 to 2.7 million people die of malaria. Every day 3000 children under the age of five die of malaria.
People have been trying to find a cure for, or eliminate malaria for centuries. Around 100 BC the Romans found that draining marshes reduced the risk of catching malaria but it wasn’t until the late 1890s that it was finally confirmed through scientific experiment that mosquitoes, which breed in wet areas, were the vector that carried the parasite that causes malaria. This showed why draining marshes could help to control malaria locally. The scientific breakthrough gave the potential to research further to discover a cure for malaria. The research continues...
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