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Unformatted text preview: February 1, 2008 Nets and New Drug Make Inroads Against Malaria By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Widespread distribution of mosquito nets and a new medicine sharply reduced malaria deaths in several African countries, World Health Organization researchers reported Thursday. The report was one of the most hopeful signs in the long battle against a disease that is estimated to kill a million children a year in poor tropical countries. We saw a very drastic impact, said Dr. Arata Kochi, chief of malaria for the W.H.O. If this is done everywhere, we can reduce the disease burden 80 to 85 percent in most African countries within five years. There have been earlier reports of success with nets and the new medicine, artemisinin, a Chinese drug made from wormwood. But most have been based on relatively small samples; this is the first study to compare national programs....
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This note was uploaded on 04/05/2012 for the course HLTH 311 taught by Professor Anderson during the Spring '12 term at BYU.
- Spring '12
- Infectious Disease