3-14-11: Malaria in Maryland
Malaria is one of the world’s major health problems; “the forever war,” according to the magazine of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. About 225 million people get malaria every year, and nearly 800,000 thousand of them die—mostly children in Africa.
Malaria is also a major focus of researchers here in Maryland. Recently, the University of Maryland announced its researchers been able to engineer a fungus that would attack the malaria virus inside mosquitoes.
We talk with Dr. Peter Agre, director of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute and Dr. Christopher Plowe, chief of the Malaria Section of the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Center for Vaccine Development, about malaria and research into the disease in Maryland.