QUESTION Where did malaria start in Africa? ANSWER Malaria has been present in Africa for tens of thousands of years; given this ancient history, it is very difficult to know exactly where it first entered the continent. Also, there are several different types of malaria in Africa, which have likely had different histories, and malaria researchers continually unearth new evidence … [Read more...]
When was malaria discovered?
QUESTION When did people first discover about malaria? ANSWER Humans have known about malaria as a disease for thousands of years. The earliest written record of malaria is from ancient China, 2700 BCE. The ancient Romans and Greeks also described the symptoms of malaria, though none of these ancient people knew the true cause or had identified specifically how it was transmitted. This was … [Read more...]
How did it get the name “malaria”?
QUESTION How did malaria get its name? ANSWER The word "malaria" comes from Italian, "mala aria" which literally translates to "bad air". This came from the ancient association, traced back as far as the ancient Greeks and Romans, that the disease was associated with swampy, marshy areas where the air smelled bad. The mechanism of transmission was not known back then, nor did they … [Read more...]
When was malaria first found in humans?
QUESTION: When was the first case of malaria in humans discovered? What did the name malaria originate from? ANSWER: Malaria has been known to humans for thousands of years; its earliest record is from around 2700 BCE in an ancient Chinese medical text. The ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Indians also recorded cases of malaria and described its symptoms. However, the parasite that causes … [Read more...]
In which country did malaria start?
QUESTION: In which country did malaria start? ANSWER: That's an interesting question! In terms of the evolution of the disease, the different types of malaria probably evolved in different places; it is hypothesised for example, that P. falciparum evolved from a related strain of malaria that is found in gorillas in central Africa, so the human form also probably originates from that … [Read more...]
Malaria in Southern United States
QUESTION: Why is there not a prevalence of malaria in the southern United States when we are bitten almost daily by the "little beasts?" ANSWER: Malaria once was relatively common in the southern United States. Transmission used to be possible due to the favorable climatic conditions for the development both of the mosquito as well as the malaria parasite. Huge advances in the control and … [Read more...]
Which doctor first linked Anopheles to cases of malaria?
QUESTION: Which doctor first found that Anopheles mosquitoes transmitted malaria? ANSWER: The first person to show conclusively that malaria could be transmitted by Anopheles mosquitoes was Ronald Ross (later knighted in 1911 for his services to medicine). Working in the Presidency General Hospital in Calcutta (Sir Ronald was born in India and joined the Indian Medical Services in 1881 … [Read more...]
How Many Deaths Result from Malaria?
QUESTION: Can you tell me, how many deaths result from malaria till today? ANSWER A lot! I think it is impossible to get an exact number, or even a decent guess - data on malaria deaths even in modern times are estimates at the best of times, and we have no way of knowing how many people were exposed to and/or died of malaria in ancient times. Current estimates as to the annual number … [Read more...]