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Malarial Mosquitos Are Flying Higher

March 20, 2014

Full Article at http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/malarial_mosquitos_are_flying_higher_20140315

By Tim Radford

Things are looking up for the little parasite that infects 200 million people a year, and kills more than 600,000 of them.

As global temperatures rise, so will the altitude at which the Anopheles mosquito and its plasmodium parasite can survive, and so will the numbers at risk from malaria.

The global war against malaria has always been an uphill struggle, but populations in highland regions have usually been safe, because the parasite cannot replicate at low temperatures.

But Amir Siraj of the University of Denver in Colorado in the US and colleagues in the UK and Ethiopia report in the journal Science that they’ve started to consider the effect of climate change on the spread of the disease.

Full Article at http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/malarial_mosquitos_are_flying_higher_20140315

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