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Erasing Mosquito-Borne Diseases Requires Teams to Educate Stakeholders and Root Out Schedule Risks

The world's deadliest animal doesn't have claws or teeth—and it's tiny. Each year, blood-sucking mosquitoes kill 830,000 people by carrying and spreading disease. Malaria is by far the deadliest mosquito-borne disease, causing about 430,000 deaths a year, most of them children under age 5. But there's a global effort afoot to swat down the fatal bugs, led by project teams devising innovative, tech-driven solutions. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged more than US$1 billion to fund tech projects designed to eradicate malaria, but it's just one of many sponsors around the world eager to make a difference. Projects range from deploying new types of bed nets to unleashing genetically modified mosquitoes whose progeny no longer can pass on diseases.
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