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Scientists say they’ve found a cure for Malaria

Scientists say they've found a cure for Malaria

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is caused by a parasite called Plasmodium, which is transmitted through the bite of infected mosquitoes. The parasites reproduce in the liver and then infect red blood cells in the human body. If no medical treatment can cause death within a few days and its impact is such that in 2010 there were 216 million cases resulting in the death of 655,000 people.

But scientists at the University of Cape Town in say they have developed a treatment that can a person of any strain of the disease with a single dose, and not only that, but researchers say that even the drug could block transmission of malaria parasite among people .

What is the ‘but’? They have yet to be tested in humans. So far the tests in animals have not found any negative side effects, so that human clinical trials due to start by the 2013 South African officials said.

To date, efforts to eradicate malaria have ranged from eliminating the mosquitoes until genetic modification , but so far no solution had been as successful as the potential of this drug, a synthetic molecule derived from it as Kelly aminopyridine Chibale, the scientific team leader, would be “the first molecule discovered for clinical use in Africa and for Africans.”

Much remains to be investigated, so it is estimated that the drug would be available only in about seven years. However, if successful, would be an incredible breakthrough for a disease that killed an estimated 560,000 children around 2010 , where in countries with high rates of malaria disease can reduce gross domestic product by up to 1, 3% according to the WHO.

Link: South African Scientists Claim Breakthrough Drug Cures All Strains of Malaria (Popular Science)

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