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Plasmodium falciparum causes malaria, one of the world's most threatening diseases. Malaria is endemic to Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Central and South America, Oceania, and some Carribbean islands. Today, some 40% of the world's population lives in areas at high risk for malaria. Between 300 to 500 million people are infected each year, and 1.5-3 million of those die, 80-90 percent of them in Africa. (WHO, 2006; Curtis et al., 1998).
|Global distribution of malaria. CDC 2006.|
Evasion of the Immune Response
Curtis, C.F., et al. 1998. “Can anything be done to maintain the effectiveness of pyrethroid-impregnated bednets against malaria vectors?” Philosophical Transactions: Biological Sciences 353: 1769-75.
“Malaria.” 2006. World Health Organization (WHO). 3 May 2007. <http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs094/en/>
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