Although malaria is kept under control in most of the developed world, it ravages parts of African and Asia, where the simple means of protection from the disease are out of reach for much of the population. Caused by protozoan parasites from the genus Plasmodium and passed to humans through a mosquito's bite, malaria is a long-lasting chronic disease. This revised edition contains updated information on treatment breakthroughs, recent vaccine trials, and the impact of global climate change on malaria outbreak patterns.
Deadly diseases affect everyone. Although not all cases are fatal, each disease causes a degree of harm and discomfort to those whom it afflicts and sometimes can have long-lasting consequences. Each book in the series Deadly Diseases And Epidemics take the reader through all aspects of a disease-from its history and causes or method of infection to its treatment and prevention. The books provide a foundation for understanding the basics of microbiology, immunology, and epidemiology.
Table of Contents
Foreword David Heymann 6
1 On the Wings of Mosquitoes 8
2 A Complex Life Cycle 14
3 The Origin, Evolution, and Ecology of Malaria 26
4 The Discovery of Plasmodium 39
5 Diagnosis and Treatment 49
6 Attempts at Malarial Control 60
7 Preventing Malaria 74
8 Malaria Now 86
9 The Future of Malaria 93
Further Resources 112
About the Author 119
About the Consulting Editor 119