(Natural News) Though it might seem like a rare, foreign disease to many Americans, nearly half of the entire world’s population is at risk of contracting malaria, a serious and sometimes fatal parasitic disease spread by Anopheles mosquitoes. Symptoms vary, and can include less acute conditions like fever, nausea, vomiting and general weakness, or serious, life-threatening symptoms like kidney failure, seizures and cardiovascular collapse.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that over 212 million people were diagnosed with the disease in 2015, and for 429,000 of them, the disease proved to be fatal.
In contrast, the whole world went crazy about the Zika virus, which is also transmitted by mosquitoes, but deaths from this illness are rare, and only one-in-five infected people even exhibits symptoms.
Experts claim to have reduced the incidences of malaria by 29 percent since 2010, through a combination of prevention and control measures, mostly centered around the use of insecticides and insecticide-infused mosquito nets. However, a new study by researchers from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, which was the largest genetic study of mosquitoes ever undertaken, has revealed that mosquitoes across Africa – the most affected continent – are rapidly developing insecticide resistant genes. This resistance is severely hampering efforts to curb the disease. (Related: Stay updated at Outbreak.news.)
The study, which was published in the journal Nature, also determined that wild mosquitoes are far more genetically diverse than scientists had previously believed. In fact, when the researchers sequenced the DNA of 765 wild Anopheles mosquitoes from locations across eight different African countries, they…Read More