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    Jessica Colarossi is a science writer for The Brink. She graduated with a BS in journalism from Emerson College in 2016, with focuses on environmental studies and publishing. While a student, she interned at ThinkProgress in Washington, D.C., where she wrote over 30 stories, most of them relating to climate change, coral reefs, and women’s health. Profile

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There are 2 comments on Should We Be Worried about a Malaria Outbreak in the US?

  1. Well done. David Hamer is the right guy to have interviewed. He is also right to add some caution to the WHO (and BBC) announcements about a malaria vaccine. That vaccine is only 50% effective and is not permanent –it needs booster injections. In areas of social and political unrest (like Sudan, western Ethiopia, and DRC), distribution of vaccines and boosters are problematic and may be for some time. Public health requires key insfrastructure that is difficult to sustain in such places. Malaria is clever and likely to sustain itself in the wider world we live in.

  2. “By 1951, the disease was declared eliminated from all states.”

    Really? My ex-husband caught it, probably in California (he’d never left the US, and California was the furthest south he’d ever been), in the early 1960s.

    In 1964, he got very sick–running a raging fever of 103 & spiking and having hallucinations. The doctor who saw him said that if he’d been out of the US, he’d have diagnosed him with malaria, but he assumed that couldn’t be.

    During the Vietnam War, he received conscientious objector status and applied for a job as a hospital orderly but was turned down by the hospital after they tested him and found he, indeed, had malaria.

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