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Warming Climate Boosts Malaria in Kenya

In the highlands of East Africa, malaria transmission has skyrocketed over recent decades. New research suggests rising temperatures are at least partly to blame.

A mathematical model of malaria transmission developed by Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) scientists showed that warming could explain a significant part of the increase in malaria cases. While previous studies have considered instead scenarios for the future of the disease, the new study, published online November 10, 2010, in the British scientific journal, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, is one of the first to examine the effect of past warming on malaria transmission.

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