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Mosquito genomes key to evaluating malaria control

NAIROBI – Monitoring the genomes of population of malaria-transmitting mosquitoes could be an effective method in determining the effectiveness of malaria control interventions, a study says.

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Agricultural Keys to Malaria in African Highlands

Kampala (Uganda) – Sixty-five years after a major international summit here on malaria, the mosquito-borne disease remains a scourge and its incidence may even be rising in parts of sub-Saharan Africa due to the combined effects of climate change, agricultural practices and population displacement. Almost half the world’s population is deemed at risk of malaria, and an estimated 214 million people will contract it in 2015, with nearly half a million dying.

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Surveillance identifies gaps in malaria control efforts

[KAMPALA] Although malaria burden is gradually falling globally, it remains high and continues to rise in high-transmission areas, especially in rural Africa, a two-year surveillance in Uganda has shown. According to the researchers who undertook the study, successes recorded for malaria control in Sub-Saharan Africa are mostly limited to low-transmission areas, noting that research in high-transmission regions are needed.

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Factsheet: The leading causes of death in Africa

By World Health Organisation (WHO) figures, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa claimed 3,338 lives between the week of 30 December and the week of 28 September. Though the virulence and rapid spread of the Ebola virus are major causes of concern, it is important to understand the mortality figures in the broader sub-Saharan African context.

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Climate change could increase the risk of malaria in cool areas

Nairobi – Africa’s cool and highland areas could be more vulnerable to malaria due to climate change than previously thought, a modelling study shows.

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Climate change could cut malaria in 2050, says study

Cape Town – Climate change could reduce the population of malaria-transmitting mosquitoes in Africa by half in 2050, a modelling study suggests.

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