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Thursday, February 05, 2009

TweetThis! Bill Gates vs Mosquito vs Malaria vs Action!

"While giving a presentation on malaria, Bill Gates opened a jar of mosquitoes at TED2009 (TED = Technology, Entertainment and Design), conference saying, 'Not only poor people should experience this.'" - Quoted from Facebook's Senior Platform Manager Dave Morin on social networking site Twitter.
The event took place on Wednesday in Long Beach, Calif., where the Microsoft chairman was delivering a presentation about malaria education and eradication.
The mosquito incident was confirmed by the media office of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which also noted that the insects released were not carrying malaria.
The philanthropist has been pushing to reduce malaria deaths through the nonprofit. In September, Gates announced that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation would provide $168.7 million to the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative to help develop a vaccine for the deadly disease.

Each year, 350 million to 500 million are infected and d more than one million cases result in death - CDC. 

Malaria has been eradicated in most countries with temperate climates. Research on vaccine development is still underway in Africa (see map)

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