Home > Medical > Malaria Africa needs new drugs to combat malaria Scientists at the University of Cape Town’s drug discovery and development centre have discovered a second new compound that could eventually be developed into an antimalarial medicine. Chicken odour repulses mosquitoes Noticing that mosquitoes bite humans, but stay away from chickens, Ethiopian scientists are working on a new way to protect humans against malaria. Malaria-proof mosquito may soon be a reality Mosquitoes that are unable to transmit disease are 'on the horizon'. Already, a California laboratory has hatched mosquitoes incapable of transmitting malaria. Latest in Malaria How Chinese scientists cut local numbers of dangerous mosquito by 94% Chinese researchers were able to considerably reduce dangerous mosquito populations by using a bacteria-based strategy that interferes with their reproductive cycle. How higher temperatures and pollution are affecting mosquitoes Human activities are driving mosquito evolution. Polluting activities are resulting in malaria-transmitting mosquitoes expanding into regions where they previous weren’t. Heading to a region with malaria? Some simple steps to keep you safe Every death from malaria is a tragedy. But many infections can be prevented. This is particularly true for holidaymakers, travellers, or people visiting their families in malaria endemic areas. Beware post-Easter malaria outbreaks! If you have travelled to a warmer area over Easter, you would have been at risk of malaria, a health official has warned, after similar outbreaks after Easter the past few years. load more Your Malaria Guide Early malaria symptoms are non-specific and can easily be mistaken for those of influenza. Rapid diagnosis and early treatment are important, particularly for falciparum malaria, which is fatal in up to 20 percent of infected people and can kill within 24 hours. Symptoms of malaria can often begin a month or more after the infecting mosquito bite. Drugs taken for prevention are also not 100 percent effective. In Sub-Saharan Africa the important strain of malaria is Plasmodium falciparum, which can cause fatal infections. Learn more about malaria with causes, treatment and prevention advice available here. How is malaria treated? Can malaria be prevented? How is malaria diagnosed? What are the symptoms and signs of malaria? What causes malaria? What is malaria?