New compound identified as potential cure and preventative treatment for malaria

Science Translation

In 2015 there were 214 million malaria cases and 438,000 deaths and the mortality rates have been steadily improving as prevention and control measures get better. However, parts of our world are still very susceptible to malaria. This includes sub-Saharan Africa which is home to 89% of all malaria cases and 91% of all the malaria deaths. Malaria is a parasite that is carried by mosquitos and resides in a person’s liver and blood stream. The immature parasite travels to a person’s liver where it matures and divides producing thousands of the parasite that can then go on to infect red blood cells causing them to burst. Malaria causes fever, joint pain, vomiting, anemia, convulsions, respiratory failure, pneumonia, and death. Most of the current treatments are very effective against uncomplicated disease, unfortunately malaria is an adaptable parasite and has developed drug resistance to all but one of the currently…

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