Nearly half the world’s population is at risk of the mosquito-borne disease. But a new vaccine may stop it in its tracks, saving millions of lives and boosting the economies of the developing world. By Gaia Vince 23 May 2019 “In each house were three or four patients who complained of chilling, severe headaches, sweating, pain in back and extremities. After four or five relapses, the headaches and pain became unbearable for many patients who then exhibited a muddling delirium with coma, ending in death. Most were between the ages of five and 20 years. Since they are far away from even the simplest clinic, which means no possibility of saving their lives, they are dying like bees in a smoked hive.” This is an extract from a field report of the 1958 malaria epidemic in Ethiopia that killed about 150,000 people in a single season, but it could have been from the last days of the Roman Empire, whose fall has been attributed to the disease, or Ancient Egypt, or India in the 19th Century, or indeed most of the inhabited world during most of history.Malaria is humanity’s curse. It is among the oldest of human diseases, infecting our… Read full this story
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