Does malaria cause poverty?

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MalariaA new paper links low-income levels with incidence of malaria – an illness that claims over one million lives annually, 90 percent of which occur in sub-Saharan Africa.

Though not in itself revolutionary, the paper quantifies why – the moral imperative aside – the outlays on control and prevention of malaria ought to be an obvious economic choice.  Every year the disease accounts for an estimated $12 billion in lost GDP.

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