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Prototype Mosquito Blood-Meal Identification Test Kit, 1968-1979

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Professor Peter Boreham developed this prototype testing kit to fight malaria. It was the forerunner to modern kits used to analyse mosquitoes’ feeding habits. Mosquitoes carry malaria. It could also be used on other biting flies such as sandflies, ticks and tsetse flies. It highlighted which mammals they predominantly feed upon. There are still around 500 million cases of malaria annually, with at least one million deaths. Around 40% of the world’s population is at risk from malaria. Nearly 3000 children die from the disease every day.

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Glossary: malaria

Parasitic disease transmitted by certain kinds of mosquito. Malaria is characterized by fever and enlargement of the spleen. Each year, there are approximately 515 million cases of malaria, killing between one and three million people.

Glossary: blood sampling instrument

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