Modern housing can cut malaria infections nearly in half

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Keeping your children home safe at night is a good idea. But what if home is a deadly place?

For many people living in developing countries, traditional housing does little to keep out malaria-spreading mosquitoes. The infectious disease killed about 453,000 children under the age of five in 2013, according to the World Health Organization. And in sub-Saharan Africa, some 80-100% of malaria transmission occurs indoors at night.

Modern housing can help. New research published in Malaria Journal this week found that residents of modern housing were 47% less likely to be infected with malaria compared to those in traditional houses.

Source: Quartz (link opens in a new window)

Health Care
housing, infectious diseases