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Many white-tailed deer have malaria

Source: University of Vermont Summary: By chance, scientists have discovered a malaria parasite that infects white-tailed deer. It’s the first-ever malaria parasite known to live in a deer species and the only native malaria parasite found in any mammal in North or South America.   Two years ago, Ellen Martinsen, was collecting mosquitoes at the Smithsonian’s National[…]

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Brain Swelling Tied to Deaths From Malaria

When children die from a severe form of malaria, swelling of the brain is often what kills them, a new study finds. This insight will not change medical practice immediately, but it may lead to improved treatments, researchers said. The disease, caused by a parasite spread by mosquitoes, is a major killer in the tropics.[…]