'Groundbreaking' malaria discovery holds hope for new treatments Medical News Today

March 19, 2015 8:23 AM

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Malaria is caused by Plasmodium parasites transmitted by a bite from infected Anopheles mosquitoes. Though a curable disease if treated quickly and correctly, it remains responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths each year.

In Africa - where more than 90% of malaria deaths occur - a child dies from the disease every minute. It is estimated that in 2013, 437,000 African children died from the disease before they reached their fifth birthday.

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