Did the Malaria Parasite First Evolve in the Insect Vector or the Vertebrate Host?

By John P. Roche Malaria is a terrible problem, killing nearly half a million people per year, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. This serious disease is caused by a protozoan parasite of the genus Plasmodium, which is spread to humans by mosquitoes of the genus Anopheles. In the Anopheles mosquito, the life cycle of the parasite […]

Anopheles Mosquitoes as Vectors of Malaria in East Africa: Bed Nets and Beyond

By John P. Roche Malaria is a devastating disease, with almost two hundred million cases and half a million deaths per year worldwide. The World Health Organization estimates that the rate of mortality from malaria has decreased 47% since the year 2000, and the reduction in the rate of mortality has been even more impressive […]

New Research May Lead to Breathalyzer Test for Malaria

According to the World Health Organization, more than 500,000 people die each year from malaria, a disease that is transmitted by mosquitoes in the genus Anopheles. In addition to the half a million deaths, about 200 million people are infected annually. Now researchers at Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Australian […]

OUP Supporting World Malaria Day by Highlighting Top Articles

World Malaria Day is Saturday, April 25, 2015 The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 584,000 people died in 2013 from malaria, a preventable and curable disease transmitted to people through the bites of infected Anopheles mosquitoes. Nearly half of the world’s population is at risk, but the most common victims are women and children […]

Tom Turpin Talks about Louse Dislodgers, Malaria and Powdered Wigs

Dr. Tom Turpin, a professor of entomology at Purdue University, was recently interviewed by a local TV station about insect myths and how they originated. In the following video, he discusses the entomological origins of “louse dislodgers” (otherwise known as back-scratchers), perfume (used to purify air in order to protect people from malaria), and powdered […]