Doing away with malaria (The Dana Foundation Website – 24 November 2010)
In July, pop singer and “X-Factor” judge Cheryl Cole made headlines not for her new record or impending divorce but for hospitalization due to malarial infection. This infectious disease, caused by the release of the Plasmodium falciparum parasite into the bloodstream from a mosquito bite, is both preventable and treatable. Yet it remains devastating to millions, particularly young children in sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia, who develop a form of the disease called cerebral malaria. This type of infection is characterized by severe damage to the blood vessels around the brain. And this damage results in coma, neurological damage and, too often, death (See also the Cerebrum story, Cerebral Malaria, a Wily Foe).
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