Countdown to Zero: Malaria
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Disease agent: Plasmodium parasites
The threat: Though preventable and curable, malaria continues to infect hundreds of millions annually across about 100 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
How infection spreads: Through the bites of female Anopheles mosquitoes; there are numerous species of Anopheles around the world.
Defeating the disease: Widespread use of insecticidal bed nets has been successful in stopping transmission, and vaccines are in development. Genetically engineering mosquitoes is another approach that is being considered.
Eradication potential: Malaria has been eliminated in certain regions, while for others, control may be the most effective short-term approach.
What does it take to wipe out a disease? Find out in the new exhibition Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease.
The full story appears in the Winter issue of Rotunda, the Member magazine.