LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says Malawi has become the first country to begin immunizing children against malaria, using the only licensed vaccine to protect against the...
Mozambique races to contain 1,000 cholera cases
BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) — Mozambican and international health workers raced Monday to contain a cholera outbreak in the cyclone-hit city of Beira and surrounding areas, where the number of cases...
WHO: Malaria reductions stall after progress
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Health Organization says progress in reducing the number of people contracting malaria has stalled after several years of global declines.
The WHO said Monday that there were about 219 million cases of malaria in 2017, up 2 million from the previous year. In contrast, the number of malaria cases had dropped from 239 million in 2010 to 214 million in 2015, according to the United Nations agency.
South Carolina editorial roundup
Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers:
The Post and Courier of Charleston on wiping out mosquitoes:
Mosquitoes are one of a few irritations we put up with in order to enjoy the many perks of life in the Lowcountry. And fortunately, the consequences of venturing out in the summer without bug spray are usually little more than itchy bumps.
Dozens of high fever deaths cause panic in northern India
LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Indian health authorities are rushing medical supplies to north Indian towns and villages where at least 50 people have died from fever over the past two weeks, topping the number of fever-related deaths over a three-month period last year.
U.S. regulators Friday approved a simpler, one-dose treatment to prevent relapses of malaria.
Standard treatment now takes two weeks and studies show many patients don't finish taking every dose.
Malaria is caused by parasites that are spread to people through mosquito bites. Antimalarial drugs can cure the initial infection but parasites can get into the liver, hide in a dormant form, and cause recurrences months or years later. A second drug is used to stop relapses.
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Languishing with fever and frustrated by delays in diagnosing his illness, Brian Gitta came up with a bright idea: a malaria test that would not need blood samples or specialized laboratory technicians.
That inspiration has won the 25-year-old Ugandan computer scientist a prestigious engineering prize for a non-invasive malaria test kit that he hopes will be widely used across Africa.
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Eight years after being deployed in Afghanistan, a Minnesota Air National Guard veteran said he's still living with the side effects of an anti-malaria drug he took while overseas.
MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — You don't need to be Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates to make a difference.
That's a message Dr. Brian A. Lisse, an emergency medicine physician at Nashoba Valley Medical Center and associate professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, and Dr. Donald Hangen, an orthopedic surgeon at UMass Memorial-Marlboro Hospital, bring to a handful of high school students each year who accompany their team on a two-week medical mission trip to Malawi.
BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Malawi under-20 striker Abel Mwakilama died on Friday of suspected cerebral malaria in Portugal, where he had only recently joined a lower-league team. He was 18.
Mwakilama's manager, Venancio Patrick, said it's thought that the player contracted cerebral malaria while back in Malawi for an under-20 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Swaziland three weeks ago.
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — The irony is not lost on professor Mark von Itzstein.
While the athletes village of the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast has been struck down with three cases of influenza and one of malaria, less than mile away is a key member of the team that beat influenza and the team that is conducting human trials for a vaccine against malaria.
On Friday, a 23-year-old athlete was admitted to Gold Coast University Hospital suffering from malaria.
Scientists in Germany improve malaria drug production
BERLIN (AP) — Scientists in Germany who developed a new way to make a key malaria drug several years ago said Wednesday they have come up with a technique to make the process even more efficient, which should increase global access and reduce the cost.
Trump’s global gag rule goes far beyond abortion, groups say
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — President Donald Trump's dramatic expansion of a ban on U.S. funding to foreign organizations that promote or provide abortions has left impoverished women around the world without treatment for HIV, malaria and other diseases, health groups say, calling it "devastating" because Trump went where no administration had gone before.
UN: About 11 percent of drugs in poor countries are fake
LONDON (AP) — About 11 percent of medicines in developing countries are counterfeit and likely responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of children from diseases like malaria and pneumonia every year, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.
It's the first attempt by the U.N. health agency to assess the problem. Experts reviewed 100 studies involving more than 48,000 medicines. Drugs for treating malaria and bacterial infections accounted for nearly 65 percent of fake medicines.
New chief of Global Fund says accountability is ‘imperative’
LONDON (AP) — The new executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria says he is committed to ensuring the group is as transparent as possible about how its billions of dollars are spent to fight the three killer diseases.
The Global Fund's board appointed Peter Sands to be its new chief on Tuesday. Sands, a Briton, is a former chief executive officer of Standard Chartered Bank.
Getting a pneumonia diagnosis wrong can be fatal. As Ugandan inventor Brian Turyabagye knows all too well.
Turyabagye’s close friend and business partner, Olivia Koburongo, lost her grandmother to it; she’d visited several clinics which mistakenly diagnosed her with malaria. “At her deathbed, the prognosis reports indicated she actually died of pneumonia,” Turyabagye tells CNN.
Unfortunately, this story is all too familiar in Africa. “A misdiagnosis of malaria is really common,” Turyabagye says.
Mosquito gut bacteria may offer clues to malaria control
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mosquitoes harbor gut bacteria just like people do — and the bugs inside the bugs may hold a key to fighting malaria.
Today, bed nets and insecticides are the chief means of preventing malaria, which sickens about 200 million people around the world and kills 400,000 a year, mostly children in Africa. But what if scientists instead could hatch malaria-resistant mosquitoes?
Italy orders investigation after child dies of malaria
ROME (AP) — Italy's health ministry has ordered an investigation into the death of a 4-year-old girl from malaria after checks determined she hadn't traveled to any country at risk for the disease.
The child died Monday at the Brescia public hospital after being transferred from Trento. Italy is not known to have the kind of mosquitoes that spread malaria.
Guyana says Venezuelans flocking in for medical treatment
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Guyanese authorities say they're seeing a significant increase in Venezuelans crossing the border seeking treatment for malaria and other ailments.
Shamdeo Persaud is chief medical officer at the Medical Council of Guyana. He says the Venezuelans are being treated without charge.
Member of philanthropic Maine family dies of malaria
WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — A philanthropist and business executive who was a member of one of the most influential families in Maine has died at the age of 65.
The Harold Alfond Foundation says Peter G. Alfond died on Monday night of complications from malaria that he contracted on a trip to Africa. He was the son of Harold Alfond and Dorothy "Bibby" Alfond. The family's name can be found on academic buildings and recreation facilities around Maine.
LONDON (AP) — The new head of the World Health Organization said he is reviewing the agency's travel expenses, after an Associated Press story revealed the U.N. agency spends more on travel than on fighting AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean civic group which offered to provide anti-malarial supplies to North Korea said Monday the North has rejected its proposal because of the South's support of new U.N. sanctions.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea will allow a civic group to contact North Korea over help in fighting malaria, the first government approval on cross-border civilian exchanges since North Korea's fourth nuclear test in January 2016, officials said Friday.
LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization routinely spends about $200 million a year on travel — far more than what it doles out to fight some of the biggest problems in public health including AIDS, tuberculosis or malaria, according to internal documents obtained by The Associated Press.
Maureen Miller, Columbia University Medical Center
It's probably safe to say that almost everyone in America has heard of malaria.
In the United States, though, the disease was all but eradicated after World War II, so we really don't have to worry. We're free to fuss over stuff that, in the grand scheme of things, doesn't really matter.
Hundreds of cases do occur in the U.S. every year, but the most involve travelers or people who have emigrated from places where malaria is present.
In some parts of the world, malaria is still a major problem.
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Correction: Africa-Malaria Vaccine story
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In a story April 24 about tests in Africa for a malaria vaccine, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the World Health Organization is hoping to wipe out malaria by 2040. In fact, WHO wants to reduce malaria mortality rates by at least 90 percent by 2030.
A corrected version of the story is below:
3 African countries chosen to test 1st malaria vaccine
The World Health Organization says three African countries have been chosen to test the world's first malaria vaccine
Why cuts in funding for UN, climate change research imperil fight against malaria
Julio Frenk, University of Miami
(THE CONVERSATION) Diseases don’t stop at borders. On World Malaria Day, this is especially important to understand and to consider.
ALAKAI SWAMP — A little blip of red flits through the ohia trees, chasing nectar all over Kauai’s Alakai plateau.
It’s an ‘i‘iwi, Hawaii’s iconic honeycreeper, and it’s slowly disappearing from the forests of the archipelago, mainly due to a low resistance to avian malaria, which is transmitted by mosquitoes.
But a new study tracking migration patterns of the birds could help save them.
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — An outbreak of malaria has killed over 4,000 people in Burundi so far this year, the United Nations said Wednesday, a dramatic rise over the 700 victims the government announced just two weeks ago.
There have been over 9 million cases of malaria in the East African nation since January 2016, according to the report by the U.N. humanitarian office. Burundi, one of the world's poorest countries, has a population of about 11 million.
BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundi's government says malaria has killed more than 700 people across the country so far this year.
The Ministry of Health told reporters Monday that the country is facing a malaria epidemic.
Health Minister Dr. Josiane Nijimbere said the death toll is "worrying" as pregnant women and children under age 5 are the most vulnerable.
Malaria parasite may trigger human odor to lure mosquitoes
LONDON (AP) — Scientists may have figured out part of the reason why mosquitoes are drawn to people infected with malaria.
Mosquitoes prefer biting people already sickened by malaria, apparently attracted by some kind of odor. Now, Swedish researchers say they've identified a substance pumped out by malaria parasites that triggers that smell, noticeable only to mosquitoes.
MSU professor’s malaria study extended with $8.4M grant
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan State University professor will be able to spend at least seven more years researching malaria thanks to an $8.4 million grant.
‘We felt we were going to go down’: Bill Schultz’s memories of the South Pacific
Bill Schultz, 91, is a World War II veteran and was a member of the U.S. Navy's Seabees. He served in the South Pacific as a mosquito abatement officer, trying to stop malaria outbreaks. He was born and raised in Glen Ullin, N.D., but has lived in Billings for decades. His brother was a prisoner of war for three years in Japan. Schultz was one of three brothers who served in the military.
KOKEE — Avian malaria is a threat to many of Kauai’s native and endangered birds, and an ongoing study of the way they adapt to disease could lead to ways to rehabilitate some species.
“What we’re trying to do is understand how disease affects these forest birds,” said Eben Paxton, avian ecologist with USGS Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center. “Avian malaria and avian pox have really devastated the Hawaii native forest birds and has limited many species to high elevations.”
High School Students Reproduce Lifesaving Drug
Trudeau, Gates raise billions for AIDS, TB and malaria fight
TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says a record nearly $13 billion has been raised for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria over the next three years.
Trudeau made the announcement Saturday at a donors' meeting as Bill Gates, Bono and others gathered in Montreal to determine how to replenish the major global health fund that combats AIDS and two of the world's other leading killers in low-income countries.
WHO certifies Sri Lanka a malaria-free nation
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The World Health Organization on Monday certified Sri Lanka as a malaria-free nation, in what it called a "truly remarkable" achievement.
WHO regional director Poonam Khetrapal Singh said in a statement that Sri Lanka was among the most malaria-affected countries in the mid-20th century.
Greece: Blood donations curbed after malaria cases reported
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's health ministry says blood donations have been suspended at hospitals in several parts of the country following a spike in cases of malaria, linked to a high number of migrants traveling through the country.
The measure took effect Monday after 65 cases of the mosquito-borne infectious disease were reported since the start of the year, most involving migrants. The ministry described the cases as being "sporadic" and not a cause for public concern.
UK TV presenter hospitalized in Rio with rare malaria strain
LONDON (AP) — British TV presenter Charlie Webster has been brought out of a medically-induced coma in Rio de Janeiro after contracting a rare strain of malaria during a 3,000-mile (4,828 km) charity cycle ride.
The 33-year-old's family said in a statement she was able to speak to them Thursday, but remains in intensive care in a hospital.