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Dogs That can Sniff out Malaria
This TED Talk took place in May 2019. The presenter James Logan is a Biologist Medical Entomologist.
“Professor James Logan’s research group explores the complex interaction between arthropod vectors, and his groundbreaking research has led to the discovery of novel methods for the control of vectors that transmit pathogens that cause diseases such as malaria, Zika, dengue, trachoma and Lyme disease. His work extends into field evaluation of vector control tools in developing countries, and his recent research discovered that malaria infection causes changes in our body odour, making us more attractive to mosquitoes. He’s now working on translating that to develop a novel, non-invasive diagnostic for malaria.
Malaria is still one of the biggest killers on the planet. Despite us making significant progress in the last 20 years, half the world’s population is still at risk from this disease. In fact, every two minutes, a child under the age of two dies from malaria. Our progress has undoubtedly stalled.
In this TED Talk James explains his research, provides a demonstration of his findings and provides hope that there may be a solution to the management of this vector born disease.
While Malaria is not endemic in Australia. The vector (mosquito) that can transmit the illness is present in Northern Australia. There have been cases where travellers have bought the illness back into Australia. There have also been a number of cases identified in our refugee arrivals.
There have been cases acquired in Australia – notably in the Torres Strait Islands.