argylesock says… Malaria continues to be one of the world’s great killers.
World Malaria Day recognises global efforts being made in the fight against malaria. First established in 2007 by the World Health Assembly, it falls on 25 April every year.
Malaria is an infectious disease caused by parasites (Plasmodium species) which enter the body when infected mosquitoes feed on human blood. The World Health Organization estimates that in 2010, there were approximately 219 million cases of malaria and 660,000 deaths. In addition to malaria, mosquitoes can carry the infectious agent for a number of other diseases including yellow fever, West Nile virus, and Dengue fever.
Our image of the month is this photograph of a mosquito in flight. This particular species, Anopheles stephensi, is one of the major vectors responsible for transmitting human malaria in India and some parts of Asia. The photograph was taken by Hugh Sturrock in 2005 when he was an undergraduate student in Professor Andrew Read’s…
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