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Old 07-23-2010, 01:03 PM   #1
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mosquito2 Incidence of Malaria Jumps When Amazon Forests Are Cut

Incidence of Malaria Jumps When Amazon Forests Are Cut, Study Finds
ScienceDaily
June 17, 2010

Incidence of malaria jumps when Amazon forests are cut, study finds
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"It appears that deforestation is one of the initial ecological factors that can trigger a malaria epidemic," says Sarah Olson, the lead author of the new report and a postdoctoral fellow at the Nelson Institute, Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment.

The clearing of tropical forests, say Olson and senior author Jonathan Patz of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, creates conditions that favor malaria's primary carrier in the Amazon, the mosquito Anopheles darlingi, which transmits the malaria parasite if it draws its blood meals from infected humans...
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