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Malaria Parasites Make Human Hosts Attract Mosquitoes

Malaria Parasites Make Human Hosts Attract Mosquitoes

The malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum produces a molecule which makes infected humans emit carbon dioxide and other volatile compounds that attract mosquitoes and help them spread the disease more efficiently, a study has found. The molecule, HMBPP, works by stimulating red blood cells, says Ingrid Faye, researcher at the Department of Molecular Bioscience, Stockholm University […]

700 Killed in Angola Malaria Outbreak

700 Killed in Angola Malaria Outbreak

A raging malaria outbreak has killed more than 700 people in Angola as the disease-prone Southern African country battles to thwart illnesses. Head of department of public health and control of endemics, Isaías Sambunga Cambissa, disclosed the figures as he gave an update on the clinical situation in the province of Bie. Cambissa revealed that […]

Expired Malaria Caused Death of West Africa Idol Star Eric Arubayi

Expired Malaria Caused Death of West Africa Idol Star Eric Arubayi

Fresh details have emerged about the death of the late West Africa Idol star and top Nigerian gospel artiste, Eric Arubayi jnr., who died on Saturday at the Delta State University Teaching Hospital, Oghara. He was 34 years old. Confirming the demise of the gospel artiste, his brother, Derreck Arubayi, in a chat with Vanguard […]

Benin Pledges $2 Million to Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Benin Pledges $2 Million to Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

The government of Benin announced a US$2 million contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, signaling global commitment towards ending epidemics that affect people all over the world. The announcement came on the eve of the Global Fund’s Fifth Replenishment Conference on 16-17 September in Montreal, Canada, where world leaders and […]

WHO Hails Algeria’s Experience in Combatting Aids, Tuberculosis, Malaria

WHO Hails Algeria’s Experience in Combatting Aids, Tuberculosis, Malaria

World Health Organization (WHO) representative in Algiers, Bah Keita, praised Algeria’s experience in getting under control the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), tuberculosis and malaria, and its willingness to help neighbouring countries to combat such diseases. Keita made the statement at a meeting of the Regional Commission for Certification of Polio Eradication in Africa, being held […]

Novartis expands partnership with Medicines for Malaria Venture to develop next-generation antimalarial treatment

Novartis expands partnership with Medicines for Malaria Venture to develop next-generation antimalarial treatment

Novartis announced today that it will further expand its long-standing partnership with Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV). Novartis will lead the development of antimalarial compound KAF156 with scientific and financial support from MMV in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This agreement sets out the terms and conditions for the development of KAF156 […]

Fake Yellow Fever Certificates for Sale in Tanzania As Vaccine Runs Out

Fake Yellow Fever Certificates for Sale in Tanzania As Vaccine Runs Out

Yellow fever certificates, which are supposed to be issued only to people who have been vaccinated against the tropical disease, are on sale on Dar es Salaam streets, an investigation by The Citizen has established. The government is currently grappling with an acute shortage of yellow fever vaccine, prompting racketeers to cash in on the […]

DNA Holds the Key to Improving Drug-Resistant TB Treatment in Africa

DNA Holds the Key to Improving Drug-Resistant TB Treatment in Africa

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the most deadly infectious diseases in the world. It is caused by a bacteria that infects and gradually destroys the lungs, and is transmitted by saliva, spread through coughing. More people die from TB than from HIV/AIDS. Despite this, there is currently no effective vaccine against TB, and most of […]

More Than 20 Countries in Africa Could Be Malaria-Free By 2020

More Than 20 Countries in Africa Could Be Malaria-Free By 2020

Twenty-one countries, including six African nations hit hard by the disease, have the potential to be malaria-free by 2020. Last year 400,000 people died from the mosquito-borne disease. One of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2016-2030 program goals is to eliminate malaria transmission in at least 10 countries within the next four years, a prospect […]

Kenya Winning War Against Malaria

Kenya Winning War Against Malaria

A new survey by Kenya Malaria Indicator Survey (KMIS) shows that the country has made major strides in the war against malaria. The prevalence of malaria according to the Survey has dropped from 11 percent in 2010 to eight percent in 2015, gains attributed to high number of Kenyans owning a mosquito net. Health Principal […]

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