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Climate change and malaria

Climate change and malaria

Malaria-affected populations of Africa and South America could be hit by an increase in the mosquito-borne disease due to accelerated climate change, a British/American study has found.

The research provides a first glimpse of how the disease intensifies during warmer years and slows in development when temperatures cool.

Dense populations of African countries are especially vulnerable, given that these states do not posses appropriate mechanisms and institutions to deal with the outbreak.

WHO states that malaria has infected 219 million people with 660,000 fatalities, in 2010 alone.

The Guardian Article

PM comments: the results of the study could spell out further humanitarian disaster if we consider the increased temperatures plaguing the globe in the recent years.

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