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Medical News & Perspectives
May 17, 2006

Group to Revamp Vector-Control Methods

JAMA. 2006;295(19):2238-2239. doi:10.1001/jama.295.19.2238

Despite decades of efforts to control malaria, the disease continues to kill more than 1 million people each year and cause illness in as many as 500 million individuals, primarily in Africa, according to the World Health Organization. In the face of these statistics, international collaborations have sprung up to address the need for new and improved drugs to treat the illness and to develop effective vaccines. The latest such collaboration aims to tackle a third but equally important step toward controlling the disease—protecting individuals from the insect vectors of the disease.