Health: Death By Mosquito

Malaria, like AIDS, is killing millions. But unlike AIDS, it can be cured. Why isn't that happening?

As current trends make clear, AIDS is surpassing the Black Death as the most devastating plague ever to afflict the human race. That helps explain the sense of desperation that permeated the 15th International Conference on HIV and AIDS in Bangkok last week. But in a cruel irony, all the well-deserved attention paid to AIDS over the past few years has overshadowed the rapid comeback of a second, nearly-as-deadly plague--malaria. The latest figures suggest that malaria sickened 300 million people last year and killed 3 million--most of them under age 5. (AIDS last year killed just over 3 million people.) What...

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