Australian Volunteers To Be Injected With Malaria During Vaccine Testing
Researchers intend to test a malaria vaccine on volunteers in Australia.
Many describe a potential malaria vaccine as “the holy grail of medical research.” Malaria kills 400,000 people worldwide on an annual basis.
At least 30 persons have voluntarily signed up as test subjects. The testing will take place on the Gold Coast at Griffith University.
Researchers will infect the volunteers with the deadly malaria vaccine (you had to expect a plot twist, right?).
Infectious disease specialist will monitor the volunteer’s health and well-being.
The malaria vaccine’s concept involves “tricking the body” into thinking it had a prior malaria infection. People with prior infections of malaria would have some form of immunity.
Researchers plan to carry out similar tests on subjects in Africa in the coming years.
There is no word on how much money those willing to be infected by malaria are paid, but one has to hope its substantial.
Malaria is a mosquito-borne blood illness related to the Plasmodium parasite.
The Anopheles mosquito is responsible for infecting humans with malaria. The Plasmodium parasite will multiply in the human liver and deteriorate red blood cells. There are types of Plasmodium parasite types, all of which reproduce at different rates; this can affect how fast the host feels the symptoms.
Malaria was eradicated from the United States in the 1950s. Up to 2,000 malaria cases per year still occur in the United States.
Symptoms of malaria typically are similar to that of the flu.
Hikers and travelers often use pest control, proper clothing, and medications to lower the potential for malaria infection.
Malaria epidemics often occur due to instability in malaria-prone regions, such as war. Regional uncertainty and instability can cause malaria exposure to people with less or no immunity to the illness.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.