31 Jul '11, 11pm

Malaria may hurt conservation efforts, aid poachers

Malaria may hurt conservation efforts, aid poachers

Malaria may hurt conservation efforts, aid poachers Jeremy Hance mongabay.com July 31, 2011 Map courtesy of the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Scientists predict that malaria could spread further with climate change. In 2009, 781,000 people died of malaria worldwide and nearly a quarter billion people contracted the mosquito-bourne disease, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). While the impacts of malaria on people—among the world's worst diseases—have long been researched, a new study in Biological Conservation finds that malaria has a significant indirect impact on protected species. Many species contract various malaria strains, but the study also found that malaria in humans has the potential to leave endangered species unprotected. "In places where malaria is prevalent, it sickens and even kills some park guards who are attempting to ...

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