3 November 2011

New malaria vaccine offers hope for Africa’s affected millions

University of Edinburgh scientists have created a novel malaria vaccine that targets key proteins in parasitic mosquitoes carrying the disease that claims over 750,000 lives a year worldwide.

Malaria is spread by mosquito bites and affects humans and other animals. According to the World Health Organisation the disease affected 225 million people in 2009 and caused an estimated 781 000 deaths. Those affected were mostly children in sub-Saharan Africa.

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