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The World Health Organization Working On New Treatments To Cure Malaria - 2002-10-08

The World Health Organization, or W.H.O, says it's working on new treatments to cure malaria, a disease transmitted by mosquitoes.

Attention is now focused on the recent announcement that reseachers have decoded the genes of the malaria parasite. The scientific community is looking at how that achievement can be used to bring hope to more than three million people believed infected every year.

At least one million people die of malaria annually, ninety percent of them are children under five. The W.H.O says it may take decades for the research to be translated into better drugs. But experts say it's a real breakthrough in the effort to eradicate the disease.

Dick Thompson is the spokesman for the communicable disease department of the W.H.O. English to Africa Reporter Chinedu Offor asked him the implications of the research.