QUESTION What year did malaria start? ANSWER Malaria first emerged as an infection of humans tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of years ago. The species of malaria that infect humans probably evolved from closely related malaria species that infect macaques (in the case of Plasmodium vivax) and gorillas (in the case of P. falciparum). The earliest records from human … [Read more...]
Who discovered the disease malaria?
QUESTION: Who discovered the malaria disease and when? ANSWER: Malaria has been known for thousands of years; there are written accounts of the disease, including a description of its symptoms, in ancient Chinese medical texts from 2700 BCE. The ancient Romans and Greeks also knew about malaria. However, the causes of the disease were only discovered in the 19th century. In 1880, a … [Read more...]