First Malaria Vaccine Why Alcohol lovers are more likely to get malaria

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A study from the Journal of American Mosquito Control Association indicated that people who consume alcohol highly attract mosquitoes compared to those who do not.

The test showed that the percentage of mosquitoes landing on volunteers in the research significantly increased after beer ingestion compared with before ingestion.

The research hence concluded that drinking alcohol stimulates mosquito attraction.

This could mean that alcohol lovers located in malaria prone areas like Kenya were highly susceptible to be infected with the killer disease.

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In 2016 malaria killed 16,000 people in Kenya according to the Economic Survey 2017. The research further revealed that 6.5 million people are infected with malaria in a year.

However, all hope is not lost for Kenya as the world celebrates World Malaria Day today on April 25. The World Health Organization (WHO) announced that it will be rolling out the world’s first malaria vaccine.

The vaccine identified as RTs, S/AASOI or by it trade name Mosquitrix will be tested in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi in 2018.

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WHO stated that the injectable vaccine developed by British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline in partnership with PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative will be administered to an estimated 720,000 children aged between five and 17 months in high-risk areas in the three countries.

WHO's regional director Dr. Matshidiso Moeti expressed hope in dealing with malaria noting: “The prospect of a malaria vaccine is great news. Information gathered in the pilot will help us make decisions on the wider use of this vaccine”.

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