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 Innovative device may revolutionise diagnosing malaria Could drawing blood and running numerous tests to diagnose malaria be a thing of the past? Health dept on alert: This is why 800 000 homes are being fumigated In an effort to reduce infections and mortality caused by malaria, spraying has started early across Limpopo this season. New efforts to eradicate sleeping sickness Sleeping sickness has almost been eradicated in West Africa on two occasions, but each time the disease has reappeared, with many infected individuals seemingly slipping through the net. 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. 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?