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Malaria: Mauvais Air by William Daniels (42 images)

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Malaria takes its name from the Italian and means literally "bad air". For a long time the Romans believed that the fever was caused by the putrid air of marshlands, not knowing that the real cause is the Anopheles mosquito which thrives in such areas. One theory posits that an outbreak of malaria could have contributed to the downfall of the Roman Empire.

The disease is preventable and curable, but it remains one of the world's worst scourges. It causes over one...
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