Deadly malaria plagues Paris

10.05.24: FIFTEEN CHILDREN have been killed and hundreds of people infected by an outbreak of malaria and yellow fever in Paris.

The infectious Asian tiger mosquito, once restricted to semi-tropical regions, has been gradually moving north as the temperatures in northern Europe have risen. The mosquitoes breed in still water and flower vases are a favoured spot. Cut flowers have now been banned from all Paris graveyards. What makes this outbreak particularly dangerous is that the strain infecting Paris is resistant to the most common treatment, chloroquine.

Researchers have promised to find a vaccine in the near future, but a Chinese herbal medicine known as Artemisinin is currently the most effective antidote. JB

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