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Are Mosquitos Putting Cal Students at Risk?

by LaMonica Peters

Mosquitos are a natural part of our life outdoors but in some places they can be deadly.

We asked Cal students about their experiences of being bitten by mosquitos and did some research on Malaria, an infectious disease that can be transmitted while being bitten.

Malaria or a disease resembling malaria has been noted for more than 4,000 years. From the Italian for "bad air," mal'aria has probably influenced to a great extent human populations and human history.

Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran, a French army surgeon stationed in Constantine, Algeria, was the first to notice parasites in the blood of a patient suffering from malaria. This occurred on the 6th of November 1880. For his discovery, Laveran was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1907.

During the U.S. military occupation of Cuba and the construction of the Panama Canal at the turn of the 20th century, U.S. officials made great strides in the control of malaria and yellow fever. In 1914 Henry Rose Carter and Rudolph H. von Ezdorf of the USPHS requested and received funds from the U.S. Congress to control malaria in the United States. Various activities to investigate and combat malaria in the United States followed from this initial request and reduced the number of malaria cases in the United States.

Though Malaria has been eradicated in the United States, recent out breaks of the West Nile virus still have many people nervous about diseases transmitted by insects.

Watch the video to find out if Cal students believe they are at risk:

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