Malaria and Security

More than a matter of health

Authored by: Nicholas Knowlton

Routledge Handbook of Global Health Security

Print publication date:  August  2014
Online publication date:  August  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415645478
eBook ISBN: 9780203078563
Adobe ISBN: 9781136155574

10.4324/9780203078563.ch14

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Abstract

It is rather surprising to consider how one of the oldest and biggest threats to humanity could be found in something as small as the mosquito. Indeed, for hundreds of thousands of years mosquitoes, and the malaria parasites residing within them, have exacted a toll so high that it compelled the human body to evolve – including Duffy negativity and sickle cell, two types of genetic mutations on an individual’s red blood cells – in order to endure its consequences (Packard 2007: 29–31). And yet, for as much attention as the subject of malaria has gained within the public sphere, there remains a void concerning its effects and implications beyond individual health.

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