Deadliest Malaria Parasite Wiped Out Through Starvation

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Updated December 13, 2011

A researcher at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University has proved that clearing of infections that disturb human especially the malaria parasite is literally starving the parasite to death.

The novel research, carried out on a small number of non-human primates, could bolster efforts to develop more potent therapies against one of the world’s leading killers.

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Malaria is a disease caused by mosquito bites, when a single cell parasite belonging to the plasmodium genius infects the human.

In 2008, between 190 and 311 million cases of malaria occurred worldwide and an estimated rate of over 708,000 and 1.003 million people died of malaria, most of them children in the sub- Saharan Africa.

The number of children under-five who die from the disease worldwide has declined from more than 12 million in 1990 to 7.6 million in 2010. Nearly 21,000 children under five died every day in 2010—about 12,000 fewer a day than in 1990.

The malaria species causes infection which most likely lead to death and its common in most countries in Africa which is close to the Sahara Desert.