The Making of a Tropical Disease

The Making of a Tropical Disease

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Malaria sickens hundreds of millions of peoplea€”and kills one to three milliona€”each year. Despite massive efforts to eradicate the disease, it remains a major public health problem in poorer tropical regions. But malaria has not always been concentrated in tropical areas. How did other regions control malaria and why does the disease still flourish in some parts of the globe? From Russia to Bengal to Palm Beach, Randall Packarda€™s far-ranging narrative traces the natural and social forces that help malaria spread and make it deadly. He finds that war, land development, crumbling health systems, and globalizationa€”coupled with climate change and changes in the distribution and flow of watera€”create conditions in which malaria's carrier mosquitoes thrive. The combination of these forces, Packard contends, makes the tropical regions today a perfect home for the disease. Authoritative, fascinating, and eye-opening, this short history of malaria concludes with policy recommendations for improving control strategies and saving lives.aquot;This is an interesting reada€”a short, well-written, and exceptionally well-documented history and commentary on the possible controla€”and, hopefully, eradicationa€”of one of the worlda#39;s major diseases.aquot;a€” JAMA aquot;A vigorously argued and ...

Title:The Making of a Tropical Disease
Author:Randall M. Packard
Publisher:JHU Press - 2007-12-18


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