Malaria Wiped Out In U.S. But Still Plagues U.S. Hospitals

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Malaria transmission in the United States was eliminated in the early 1950s through the use of insecticides, drainage ditches and the incredible power of window screens.

But the mosquito-borne disease has staged a comeback in American hospitals as travelers return from parts of the world where malaria runs rampant. In the early 1970s there only a couple hundred malaria cases reported in the entire U.S. but that number has steadily increased in recent years.

A new study published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygienefinds that now roughly 1,500 people are hospitalized each year in the U.S. with malaria. [Read more…]

Source: NPR

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