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Insecticide in the lead[edit]

This was added "spraying insecticides (which was found to have its own health hazards)". Not all insecticides are associated with health hazards though some are. This is a complicated issue that cannot be presented as simply as this and should IMO be dealt with in the body of the text. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 11:37, 5 May 2015 (UTC)

War

The section only considers the effects of malaria on soldiers. It does not consider the effects of conflict on the malaria e.g. on the incidence of the disease.

Conflicts often impinge drastically on economies, societies and environments. They will therefore often have deleterious effects on health programmes and other factors which have restraining effects on diseases.

The effects of malaria in wartime on 'innocent" civilians is potentially far greater than the impacts on military endeavours and military personnel. As such the subject ought to be given serious consideration in this section. It most certainly should not be ignored completely. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kombo the mzungu (talkcontribs) 12:04, 14 December 2015 (UTC)

War

The section only considers the effects of malaria on soldiers. It does not consider the effects of conflict on the malaria e.g. on the incidence of the disease.

Conflicts often impinge drastically on economies, societies and environments. They will therefore often have deleterious effects on health programmes and other factors which have restraining effects on diseases.

The effects of malaria in wartime on 'innocent" civilians is potentially far greater than the impacts on military endeavours and military personnel. As such the subject ought to be given serious consideration in this section. It most certainly should not be ignored completely. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kombo the mzungu (talkcontribs) 12:08, 14 December 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 29 February 2016[edit]

Link on footnote #72 is broken. It should be http://www.cochrane.org/CD005434/INFECTN_electronic-mosquito-repellents-for-preventing-mosquito-bites-and-malaria-infection Patternmann (talk) 12:38, 29 February 2016 (UTC)

Done - thank you for catching that. — soupvector (talk) 12:57, 29 February 2016 (UTC)

Economic effects[edit]

In the lead it states that "Malaria is commonly associated with poverty and has a major negative effect on economic development. In Africa, it is estimated to result in losses of US$12 billion a year due to increased healthcare costs, lost ability to work, and negative effects on tourism.

I think this is misleading. I doubt the reports account in for the fact that it also keeps population growth in check. It's tragic, but I thus assume malaria also has some positive economic/environmental benefits. The best way off course to ãvoid needing these positive effects would be to both eradicate the disease, but also implement better (well, any) population growth control mechanisms, to avoid the population in the tropics and subtropics to increase exponentially and destroy the few forests/biodiversity we have left on this planet in the process. Another method would be unrestricted migration towards western countries (where there's less biodiversity/forests), but that might be controversial for many.

For the malaria eradication: there are 2 links in this article referencing the genetic modification of mosquitoes (species therof able to carry malaria). These are http://science.sciencemag.org/content/298/5591/13 and http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v417/n6887/full/417452a.html I'm wondering though whether these papers detail the GM method in which a gene drive (CRISPR method) is used. See http://www.nature.com/news/gene-drive-mosquitoes-engineered-to-fight-malaria-1.18858 and http://www.nature.com/nbt/journal/v34/n1/full/nbt.3439.html

KVDP (talk) 09:35, 22 May 2016 (UTC)

Your proposition about economic "benefits" of early death due to malaria sounds more like conjecture than science, but if you have reliable sources please provide them. — soupvector (talk) 13:02, 22 May 2016 (UTC)

Number of species of Plasmodium that infect humans is outdated.[edit]

This page lists five species of Plasmodium parasites that cause malaria in humans, but P. ovale has been split into two species, P. ovale curtisi and P. ovale wallikeri. See http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24478466. --Krabbykabby (talk) 18:10, 19 September 2016 (UTC)

That 2014 review is clearly about two subspecies of P. ovale - a split has been known since at least 2010. As a study focused on those subspecies still noted (in 2015), "Humans can be infected with five malaria parasite species: Plasmodium falciparum, P. vivax, P. malariae, P. knowlesi, and P. ovale." (See https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4295880/ ) Thus, experts continue to refer to five species. Can you point to a high-quality source that states there are six species? — soupvector (talk) 22:33, 19 September 2016 (UTC)