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The Effects of Global Climate Change on the Distribution of Malaria Transmission: A study of the effects of long-term climate change on the spread of malaria.
Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 10/25/2010 - 10:55am
|Title||The Effects of Global Climate Change on the Distribution of Malaria Transmission: A study of the effects of long-term climate change on the spread of malaria.|
|Year of Publication||2009|
|Thesis Advisor||Dr. Kent, Michael|
|Degree||Bachelor of Arts in International Studies in Biology|
|Number of Pages||35|
|University||Oregon State University|
|Keywords||biology, global climate change, malaria, mosquito|
Malaria has always been one of the most vaunted diseases in human history. Believed to have co-evolved in the plains of Africa alongside humans, it still befuddles modern scientists fighting to unlock the key to an effective vaccine. A leading cause of death worldwide, it infects around 500 million people annually, causing between one and two million deaths, mostly in children under the age of 5, (World Health Organization). The vast majority of these deaths occur in Sub-Saharan Africa but the parasite also afflicts millions of Latin America and Asia. Malaria is caused by four species of protozoa in the genus Plasmodium, the most pathogenic of which is P. Falciparum. The parasite is spread to humans by the bite of the female Anopheles mosquito, which serves as the definitive host the parasite, (Wahlgren 1999).