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University of Cape Town Researchers Believe They Have Found a Single Dose Cure for Malaria

CAPE TOWN (2012-08-28):  The University of Cape Town’s Science Department believes that it has found a single dose cure for Malaria.

This was announced by researchers that have been working on this compound, from the aminopyridine class, for several years. Unlike conventional multidrug malaria treatments that the malaria parasite has become resistant to, Professor Kelly Chibale and his colleagues now believe that they have discovered a drug that over 18 months of trials “killed these resistant parasites instantly”.

Animal tests also showed that it was not only safe and effective, but there were no adverse reported side effects. Clinical tests are scheduled for the end of 2013.

Potential Impact for Africa

If this tablet is approved in coming years, this achievement will surely usher in a new age for science in Africa. It will save millions upon millions of lives on the continent, helping avoid at least 24 percent of child deaths in sub-Saharan Africa. Professor Chibale proudly explains: “This is the first ever clinical molecule that’s been discovered out of Africa, by Africans, from a modern pharmaceutical industry drug discovery programme. The potent drug has been tested on animals and has shown that a single oral dose has completely cured those infected with malaria parasites.”

This “super pill” could potentially cure millions of people every year, and save the lives of over one million people from around the world each year. This “cure” will most likely save health care systems throughout the developing world billions of dollars and open new areas for development and settlement.

 

Credit: CDC/Jim Gathany
Anopheles gambiae is a complex of at least seven indistinguishable species of mosquitoes, and includes the most important vectors of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. These diminutive insects thus act as hosts for the protozoan parasite, Plasmodium spp., which is transmitted by the female mosquitos to the human host. (Credit: CDC/Jim Gathany)

 

The South African Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor elaborates: “The candidate molecule is novel, potent, and has the potential to have a significant impact on global malaria control and eradication. This is a powerful demonstration of how much can be accomplished when open-minded researchers come together for the sake of the greater good of humanity. The discovery that we announce today is a significant victory in the battle to alleviate the burden of disease in Africa. Clearly the war on disease is not yet won, but I am excited by the role that our excellent scientists have played in finding a potential single-dose cure for malaria and possibly preventing its transmission. South Africa in general had built considerable strength in clinical research over the past decade. The main focus had been on HIV/Aids and TB. This development had occurred together with significant growth in the basic sciences that underpinned infectious disease research.”

 

Steve Boyes
Mosquitos and mayflies in the sunlight on the water's edge will not strike as much fear into the hearts of weary travelers in the African bush should this "super pill" end the threat of malaria... (Steve Boyes)

From a Personal Perspective

I have personally had malaria twice while traveling in East Africa and Zanzibar and can say that it is a deeply painful and depleting experience that leaves you in ruins, unable to care for your family, and in a very poor health if you survive.

I have luckily had test kits and treatment each time, which seemed to make me feel worse before I got better. Months on end working in the African bush means that I have to do without prophylactics and must simply avoid being bitten or accept I may get malaria. The only hope being that the fever gets less severe with each re-infection…

There is no doubt constant re-infection is not sustainable and has undermined the advancement of rural populations in Africa for thousands of years. As soon as we gather in large numbers in cities like Dar Es Salam and Lusaka, the risk of malaria escalates with huge implications for public health care during the rainy season.

I am delighted that an effective cure may have been found for malaria. Prevention is, however, still much better than cure, so please do not throw away your mosquito nets and repellent. Please share your thoughts and comments about this discovery…

 

Related Story

Read my latest blog about a recent research expedition across the Okavango Delta. In the wilderness there is near zero risk of getting malaria from the thousands of mosquitos that spend their evenings feeding on you outside your tent… Are we solving a problem we created?

Comments

  1. Jeanne Barnett
    USA
    July 18, 9:12 pm

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  4. Kittie
    South Africa and Nigeria
    February 21, 2013, 2:12 pm

    Good evening. Tell me, did you test it on humans yet? We have a lot of people in West Africa that gets Malaria twice to three times yearly

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  7. brandi
    December 2, 2012, 9:57 pm

    I believe that mms doesn’t help with viruses such as herpes and aids. I cannot find one post from any person on Google claiming to be free of any cousin, especially aids from using mms. My good friend has genital herpes, contracted it from a rape when she was a kid. I spent days with her Googling every possible cure known to man including mms. She tried food grade hydrogen peroxide which kept her herpes at bay, but it came back as soon as she stopped taking it. Mms users complain about the same thing.

  8. nagasivakrishna
    hyderabad
    October 5, 2012, 11:51 am

    this is …it !!!!! science is great….nd thankz…to the drug….saving many lives…..

    thankz 2 DR. CHIBALE..
    :-)

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  10. Marianna Nicholson
    Nelspruit
    September 27, 2012, 12:29 pm

    Please start Human testing ASAP.

    Somebody mentioned DDT? Ever suffered of heavy metal poisoning as a result of the use of DDT to prevent Malaria. DDT Kills not only mosquitoes, birds or animals. It actually kills the very same people that it is supposed to protect. Come on, this is the 21st Century

  11. Marianna Nicholson
    Nelspruit
    September 27, 2012, 12:29 pm

    Please start Human testing ASAP.

    Somebody mentioned DDT? Ever suffered of heavy metal poisoning as a result of the use of DDT to prevent Malaria. DDT Kills not only mosquitoes, birds or animals. It actually kills the very same people that it is supposed to protects. Come on, this is the 21st Century

  12. Steve
    hWTWOZLYm
    September 25, 2012, 1:50 am

    Eric,What do you think deltamethrin, reisethrmn and a host of other similar products are? As for being a neurotoxin .so what? By declaring that an accidental over exposure may mimic symptoms of other afflictions is a meaningless red herring. An overexposure also mimics the symptoms of the flu so what? It’s the dose that makes the poison. Furthermore all the pyrethroids are broken down very quickly in the body. That is one of the reasons that they have little effect on birds. Their metabolism is so high that it is broken down and passes out of their bodies very quickly. Can there be serious overexposures to pyrethroids? Yes! Can people drive too fast and get killed on the highways? Yes! Everything has a risk attached to it. The mere fact that risks are attached to a product, whether it is pesticides or automobiles is meaningless depending on the level of impact that risk imparts. Twenty years ago we lost over fifty thousand people a year on the nation’s highways. Although that number has dropped significantly the risk is far higher than the risk that is attached to “all” pesticides. On the risk charts pesticides are at the very bottom…..way at the bottom. Why? Because people aren’t dying from pesticides and there are few accidents.We need to really get this. We live in a risk versus benefit world. Pesticides, those who manufacture them, those who sell them and those who apply them are world’s problem solvers and the true savers of human life on this planet because the risks are small and the benefits are enormous. Those who oppose them are irrational and misanthropic. And I wonder at their sanity!

  13. Ruth
    AzhBeqxHQJ
    September 22, 2012, 8:02 pm

    GreggM.Your conclusions are all wrong. Contact is what gaenretes genuine resistance. Resistance is a genetic phenomenon where-in a percentage of target pests have a resistant gene. As time goes by they are the only ones breeding in the environment. Avoidance is another thing entirely and the word resistance doesn’t really apply in spite of the fact this is how it is defined. The fact remains that non-contact will not produce genuine change in the level of resistance genes within a population; which is what allows them to survive a pesticide application. I have read and heard about this sub—lethal dose argument for years, but as a pesticide user I have found that it simply doesn’t seem to matter. Resistance is built in the system in all living things, whether it is in plants or animals. As for the replacement products such as pyrethroids; if anything will hasten resistance to DDT it is the use of pyrethroids. Pyrethroids draw the same kind of immune response that DDT does. It is called cross resistance and it works both ways. At this point we have to come right down the facts as to what is the most beneficial, cost effective, long lasting product that will deliver the best protection available. It is DDT. In spite of the lies by some anti-DDT groups, we aren’t against vaccines, we aren’t against bed nets, we aren’t against anything that works to save lives from malaria. Your argument about avoidance and resistance is meaningless and doesn’t seem to have any pattern of logic to it. If making them go away is what works then that is what should be done. This resistance argument is the largest red herring of them all. Everything we are told should bear some resemblance to what we see going on in reality. In the real world those countries using DDT, along with all the other options, in and on their home have been able to save lives. Using the other options without DDT people die unnecessarily.

  14. Tamarin
    New York (until I return to the Beloved country)
    September 11, 2012, 10:38 pm

    Proudly South African! :) Awesomeness!!

  15. Ivan Pinno
    Kampala
    September 10, 2012, 8:26 am

    This is quite interesting findings,my worry is the manufacturers of malarial drugs might not want this to happen, how will the researchers handle this blockage from releasing the doze.

  16. Ssimbwa Busulwa
    Mpigi Uganda
    September 8, 2012, 7:37 am

    Many Maralia symptoms are related to witch craft ,this discoverly will save many Africans from this practice

  17. Christopher Weir
    Australia
    September 3, 2012, 9:57 pm

    Actually David5300 DDT is a vector control agent, not a cure for malaria, and it is still used in the same quantities as it was decades ago (via black market and some WHO approved uses). It is quite harmful to the environment which is why it was supposed to be stopped.

  18. Amon John
    Dar es Salaam Tanzania
    September 3, 2012, 5:31 am

    This is wonderful news, I hope Africa Supports this efforts by making sure it’s available to the people who needs it the most at affordable price.

  19. Cardinal Fang
    Vitlvogel VI
    September 2, 2012, 3:16 pm

    This is good news IF it works in human clinical trials, which start next year. Bear in mind though that 80% of potential drugs fail in human trials. However even if it doesn’t prove successful, it provides new avenues to research for new cures and therapies.

    It is rather disturbing reading some of the pseudo-science in these comments. DDT was banned because it accumulates in the food chain, so animals right up the top were being killed by it. However when it came to fighting malaria, it was considered that the benefits outweigh the harm, so in malarial areas it is still used. Nothing to do with politics or “nasty liberals” – just making sure that pesticides are used sensibly.

    And as for MMS. It is made of 28 percent sodium chlorite. It is supposed to be mixed with an acid such as lemon juice. Basic chemistry will tell you this results in chlorine dioxide – which is used as a potent bleach used for stripping textiles and in industrial water treatment. Does this really sound like something that anyone – especially people who are sick, should be taking?

  20. Stephen Maloney
    Sault Ste. Marie Ontario
    September 2, 2012, 12:33 am

    This is a revolutionary discovery for the entirety of the human race. It not only saves millions of lives a year, it provides a huge boost in confidence for scientists struggling to cure the once thought incurable. Thank you researchers for being amazing.

  21. Sandra Matthews
    Texas USA
    September 1, 2012, 4:50 pm

    All I know is if I get it, I will probably ttry absolutely anything to rid myself of the pain, and not care whether it is big Pharma, MMS, Neem Tea, or something the witch doctor cooked up. I suspect sufferers feel the same. If there is a way to help the babies and ourselves, someone will try it and pray it works.

  22. Corey McQueen
    USA
    September 1, 2012, 2:09 pm

    This is one of the most ignorant conspiracy laden comment sections I’ve ever read. To most of you commenting: learn something.

  23. BizoDent
    Cairo
    September 1, 2012, 10:44 am

    to : Jewfromhell:
    FYI one of the team conducting this research is a Muslim. How about that?

  24. amez
    cape town south africa
    September 1, 2012, 4:42 am

    great research done by africans for africans, it sure is sad to read some of these ignorant comments made by mostly americans let africans solve african problems the USA is too busy worrying about other people just keep to yourselves…. Most of you ignorant fools are a poor reflection of many great americans.

  25. Maestraux
    Sydney, Australia
    September 1, 2012, 3:41 am

    I wonder which Pharma companies those antiMMS bloggers work for. Anybody with half a brain will INVESTIGATE MMS and find the truth.
    MMS cures Malaria with ONE dose. It has CURED,( not mitigated, alleviated, helped etc.) my last cancer. I had the first two cut out. I am 78 years old and I have now been taking MMS for over four years and haven’t had a cold/flu etc., It gets rid of worms, cures ear infection and skin problems in dogs and has innumerable other benefits. I have lately recommended it to a friend for Chrone’s disease with excellent results so far and another friend has no sign of a testicular cancer with which he was diagnosed previously.
    Look it up on the web and get the real skinny. Discount the imbiciles who call it a bleach. That’s like saying a gun shearer is a shearer who shears guns. Destructive wordplay.

  26. Carl
    September 1, 2012, 1:50 am

    @Tim Winkley

    MMS is nothing but common bleach. Not good for you.
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  27. Nick
    Portland, OR, USA
    September 1, 2012, 1:44 am

    Many medications get to the human testing phase and end up getting thrown out due to lack of efficacy or safety concerns not evident in animal testing. So while this is certainly an exciting prospect, more needs to be done to confirm it will work and it is safe. Also, it’s unclear what the mechanism of action is: others in its class are considered treatments for MS as they are potassium channel blockers, so I have no idea how this sort of thing would work on killing parasites. I’d love to hear more on that. Let’s all hope this drug ends up working as well as we all want it to.

  28. Silvermaven
    August 31, 2012, 8:20 pm

    Since recent research has found that Malaria is virually indistinguishable from Babesia when we know both are sharing 40% of their genes in prion synergy of spirochetal prion protein how do they propose to differenciate between clinical trials and the real AIDS infections?

  29. Alex. Illi
    Ghana
    August 31, 2012, 7:28 pm

    That’s very nice for me to hear. I’ll keep an eye on it.

    I have malaria “all the time” (about thrice a year), living in rural middle Ghana – it’s malaria tropica (falciparum) – the toughest, except it doesn’t infest the organs and thus does not come back periodically, once exterminated, until one is bitten again by an infected anopheles-mosquito.

    But it’s not such a big deal with know-how:

    Artemether + Lumefantrine combination drug (I have never had any unwanted sideeffects, Athemether is a derivative of Artesunate, an extract from a species of the plant genus Artemisia), recommended by WHO, sold in every pharmacy for 5 Ghana-Cedis.
    + some Paracetamol to keep the headache and fever down.

    taken at the first typical signs (certain kind of headache, uncomfortable skin sensation, certain feverish feeling, sometimes nausea, coughing, weak legs, dizzyness etc.)

    -> after 3 days it’s finished.

    The usual touristy preventatives like Malarone are too harsh to take for prolonged periods.

  30. Ben
    Bamako, Mali
    August 31, 2012, 5:46 pm

    I’m not sure about the rest of the article, but this line is BS:

    “Months on end working in the African bush means that I have to do without prophylactics and must simply avoid being bitten or accept I may get malaria. ”

    There isn’t any reason that being in Africa for months prevents you from taking prophylaxis. There are many of us who take it for longer than that, even when traveling light.

    The idea of a more direct cure for malaria for those who don’t have the privilege of being able to afford prophylaxis would be a wonderful development.

    But there are 3 viable options for prophylaxis in Africa today and no good reason for you not to be taking one of them if you’re in endemic areas and have a lifestyle you are likely to be exposed.

  31. Charles Ramsey
    August 31, 2012, 3:45 pm

    Once again a single scientist saves more lives than all the police in the world and did it without violating a single civil right.

  32. ME
    USA
    August 31, 2012, 12:16 pm

    Last time someone found a “Cure” for poor people in African, and began “Vaccinations” the people started dying from AIDS. Almost reminds me of the Thousands of Black Men given “Hepatitis Vaccinations” in the Tuskegee experiments. I say let the researchers test this new cure on their children, family members and neighbors before their trials on the poor and people of color of the world.

  33. A
    New York
    August 31, 2012, 11:37 am

    Hi Mr. Boyes,

    First, I apologize if this comment is redundant. I tried reading through your comments to try to avoid re-stating what others have said, but there are too many to go through. If you’ve managed to get to my comment, I hope you’ll continue reading.

    I am currently getting a PhD in malaria here in New York and have just read through Ongarora et al. I just wanted to say a couple things about it here on your article. My view is based solely on the science of the paper and not the social implications and what not.

    Dr. Chibale’s claims and the interpretation of them by the media are too grand for how little biological data Ongarora et al. actually produce. Perhaps they won’t be in the future, but as of today, the proclamation that this could be a “cure” is far too premature. The experiments they ran are standard, fine experiments. But they do not look beyond the ability to kill parasites in vitro and the compounds’ cytotoxicity on a rat cell line. Many compounds that are terrible anti-malarial drugs can do this. So, it is my view that although this study has potential, it should not be given such a large pedestal just yet.

    Your article has been linked to by gizmodo.com, a popular tech site with a wide American audience. Therefore, this claim has been amplified to a lot of very smart, young people, but people who nevertheless do not know the intricacies of the science of this sort of study. A lot of misinformation about science gets spread this way and can do significant harm in unforeseen ways.

    Therefore, I ask you that if you are to publish such a report, please contact a few other people in the field aside from the corresponding author of the study and the person in charge of funding his laboratory. (That, by the way, was in no way trying to sound passive aggressive. It is just my opinion about how to curb the spreading of misinformation).

    Thank you,

    A

  34. Jacob Hallén
    Sweden
    August 31, 2012, 10:38 am

    There are many commenters here who have a profound misunderstanding of population growth. It is driven by the the needs of the parents to have a provider for them in their old age. There is no pension system for most people in poor countries.
    To be provided for, they need at least one surviving son and his wife. This is the most common structure, though not as predominant as in the Indian subcontinent. So, there needs to be at least 2 surviving children per family.
    If the likelihood of each of your children surviving you is 50%, you need to have at least 4 children, but since randomness at these levels is great, you’d better have 5 or 6 children just to be safe.

    Birthrates in Africa have dropped enormously in the last decades, because child mortality has dropped. It makes human and economic sense to have fewer children and be able to spend more on each one’s schooling and upbringing, and that is exactly what is happening.

    An effective cure for Malaria would have a huge effect on birth rates in just a few years. This is one factor that would bring greater prosperity to Africa. The other one is that Malaria is a huge reducer of productivity. For every person who dies, there are at least 50 who are unable to work for weeks after being infected with Malaria.

  35. Carrie
    Beautiful Northwest USA
    August 31, 2012, 10:09 am

    For those who worry that curing malaria will cause millions more people in an already suffering continent: I initially shared this reaction upon reading the story (followed by instant shame). However, maybe millions of people who are now healthy rather than sick will revitalize Africa. People can work a lot better when they aren’t burning up with fever. I don’t know if that will happen, but I sure hope so.

  36. Ray C.
    Charlotte, NC
    August 31, 2012, 9:39 am

    No, DDT isn’t banned from use against malaria:

    http://chm.pops.int/Implementation/Exemptions/AcceptablePurposesDDT/tabid/456/Default.aspx

    Will the Rachel-Carson-is-evil crowd please stop repeating this bald faced lie?

  37. Luíza
    Brazil
    August 31, 2012, 9:26 am

    I’m speechless with some comments, they make me sick, really.. The simple idea that malaria is a solution from Mother Nature to solve the starving, wars or whatever problems within the African continent is repugnant. Why we do medical research anyway? Death is inevitable, so let’s wait and die! I must agree with Tim: you souless monsters.

  38. Andrew
    Leicester
    August 31, 2012, 9:24 am

    I am very surprised to read quite so many illogical and immoral comments around population growth associated with curing malaria. It seems to me that there is no evidence to support the notion that poor health care results in lower populations. My prediction is the opposite – cure malaria and the population sizes will in fact decrease rather than increase. Look at Italy for example. The relatively recent eradication of malaria from this country has not led to a population explosion. To my knowledge there are no facts to support the notion that poorer health care results in a low population nor is it a morally sustainable argument – in fact it is morally repugnant.

  39. florin
    Connecticut
    August 31, 2012, 9:21 am

    Aug. 31st: this is wonderful news. However, why hasn’t malaria itself been eliminated in Africa? We have eliminated it in the United States – Italy had many cases of malaria and found a way of eliminating the mosquitoes that cause malaria.
    I believe DDT was used extensively in countries where malaria was eliminated and not one death has ever been cause by DDT while millions of deaths have been caused by malaria. So…we use DDT to eliminate malaria in ‘first world’ countries but refuse to use it in poor countries where millions are dying from malaria – is this a deliberate choice? It’s not enough to find a ‘cure’ – get rid of the source – mosquitoes!!!

  40. Sonny's Mom
    Greater Boston
    August 31, 2012, 9:13 am

    Unfortunate that Melinda Gates isn’t around to help fund this exciting development.

  41. Nate Ogden
    August 31, 2012, 8:51 am

    “This “cure” will most likely save health care systems throughout the developing world billions of dollars”

    You have to be extremely naïve or just plain stupid to believe this. Dead people don’t incur health cost for the next 30-50 years of their life expectancy. Eventually they will die of something and it is likely to be far more expensive then malaria.

    I’m not saying they shouldn’t cure it just don’t be an idiot and think you’re going to save money. There are consequences to saving millions of lives, plan for them so you don’t destroy tens of millions more.

  42. Nate Ogden
    August 31, 2012, 8:51 am

    “This “cure” will most likely save health care systems throughout the developing world billions of dollars”

    You have to be extremely naive, or just plain stupid, to believe this. Dead people don’t cost money for the next 30-50 years. Eventually the person will die of something which is likely to cost just as much if not more to treat them malaria.

    I’m not saying they shouldn’t cure it, just don

  43. Tim Winkley
    US
    August 31, 2012, 8:32 am

    There is a very inexpensive and immediate cure for Malaria already. The problem is it is not a money maker for the pharmaceutical empire. So, they would prefer that people did not know about it.

    In seventy five percent of 100,000 test cases patients were cured within 4 to 8 hours, the remaining were cured within 24 to 48 hours; without a single death.

    The product is MMS. Research it on the net. You will find it.

  44. tonyg10
    USA
    August 31, 2012, 8:17 am

    Just 3 simple letters “DDT”.

  45. Clay
    NC - USA
    August 31, 2012, 8:10 am

    This, if it proves out, will be on par with the cure for smallpox. Good job and nicely done.

  46. Toledo
    Toledo
    August 31, 2012, 8:04 am

    The birth rate CAN be controlled… The cause of death CAN be limited… If the birth rate get under control, then this is an awesome ” cure ” if it doesn’t , suffering will deeply multiply

  47. Cnuchy muichi
    chicago, il
    August 31, 2012, 7:58 am

    The death rate for humans doesn’t have to be 100%. I heard the arguments for Ubamacare. We have it now and we will live forever.

  48. Peter
    London
    August 31, 2012, 7:52 am

    Ignorance of what Africa is really like is so painful. The amazingly bigoted comments make me a little sad, but the are not surprising. It’s very hard for people stuck in their 1st world consumer prison to be able to see the reality of the “Dark Continent”.

    Africa is an amazing, beautiful place full of hope. A real cure for malaria will have a hugely positive effect.

  49. Revd Grace Erisa Sentongo
    Uganda - Kampala City
    August 31, 2012, 7:51 am

    This is very good and commendable Research Finding! Many of our children have died because of Malaria! With this discovery, there is hope. I would propose that more education and publicity is done by our different Ministries of Health and when the Pill is circulated, it is quickly dispensed. Finally the Cost of the Pill should not be very prohibitive – and limited to the Rich alone!

  50. Egeg
    August 31, 2012, 7:39 am

    To Paul who thinks that the death rate may remain the same but that it will just be something else that kills people…There’s only two guarantees, death and taxes, which means the death rate for humans has always been 100%, that is unless you know of some cure for death that I don’t know about.

  51. david5300
    August 31, 2012, 6:05 am

    To Jewfrom hell: You sir are absolutly correct, already the Taliban has with held polio vaccine from children since it was deturmined to be non- muslim approved.
    I suggest it be known that it is made from pig fat in Israelie labratories.

  52. david5300
    usa
    August 31, 2012, 5:55 am

    The cure for malaria was found some 50-60 years ago in the form of DDT. Marlaria was almost totaly eradicaticed , then the book Silent Spring came uot and the use of DDT was stoped allowing the sickness to return. Mind you everything in the book was BS but it was politicaly accesptable to allow malireia to return rather than wipe it out forever.
    .

  53. Tim
    August 31, 2012, 5:40 am

    First to Nick…a prophylactic is any device or measure that prevents the transmission of disease, not just a condom. I suppose something so dumb had to be written by one who assumed NG was poorly proof read. I also must assume that everyone claiming genocide and dead children are the answers to Africa’s problems has never been. Go meet the people you ignorant souless monsters.

  54. dr
    August 31, 2012, 4:36 am

    Google: Jim Humble, MMS. Malaria in 4 hours…

  55. Christopher Weir
    Australia
    August 31, 2012, 4:05 am

    Very good post. Some of the commenters at the end of the article are powerfully ignorant. They don’t seem to realize a few things like malaria results in more infections than it does deaths, that’s what makes it a great parasite. Population
    increases as a result of a malaria cure may not actually become a significant problem and even it that was the case, it is something both science and policy can address. Not pursuing a cure to something because it WILL save live is the stupidest reason for not pursuing medical research. Oh and PS, the person who said this “vaccine shouldn’t be made available to Muslims” is a bigoted idiot; it is a drug not a vaccine and Muslims are more often than not lovely people who have helped advance science and technology.

  56. Bill
    LA
    August 31, 2012, 3:10 am

    This will cause a massive population explosion on the continent that will drag the countries deeper into poverty and create a situation that will stymie any hope for economic progress. The best intentions in the world will sink the continent.

  57. happosai21
    August 31, 2012, 1:52 am

    More africans than we have anyway. Oh great idea… Whoever came up with this treatment should be shipped off to liberia or some other subsaharan country so he/she can enjoy the millions of africans it helps to survive firsthand.

  58. Will KIllyou
    Reality
    August 31, 2012, 12:45 am

    Well if this is true then there will be millions of more people starving to death, looting, stealing, killing & on the take from western do-gooders. Malaria was natures way of helping the helpless get their population to manageable levels. They can’t manage anything in Africa so they need a small population. Western Do-gooders have caused all the starvation by allowing savages to live when they have not the technology to support themselves. Leave Africa alone!

  59. Wally Lind
    Minnesota, USA
    August 31, 2012, 12:24 am

    I have had the Malaria caused by Plasmodium Falciprium (sp), and it is very unpleasant, rivaled only by pancreatitis, in my experience. A 106 temp that was treated by packing me in ice and turning a very large fan on me. I also had a ward with 30 malaria patients for a while, and had to do that to other men. Very nasty. But we were initially well fed healthy young men, with access to modern medical care (for the time/1967), I can imagine what poor underfed kids in sub-Saharan Africa must go through. Poor babies.

  60. frmore
    USA
    August 30, 2012, 11:46 pm

    Millions more to feed who already cannot provide for themselves or their children. The suffering will be untold.

  61. FB
    Texas
    August 30, 2012, 10:57 pm

    And with all these newly “saved” people on a continent that can not produce enough food to support its population how do we feed these newly “saved” people?

  62. Nick
    August 30, 2012, 10:52 pm

    “…I have to do without prophylactics and must simply avoid being bitten…”

    Is this what you meant to write? Malaria cannot be transmitted sexually, so I’m willing to chalk this up to National Geographic just failing to proof their articles.

  63. Yephora
    NY
    August 30, 2012, 10:44 pm

    “If this tablet is approved in coming years…”

    In the coming YEARS?? For crying out loud release it NOW!!!

  64. Paul
    NYC
    August 30, 2012, 10:42 pm

    I studied under the best parasitologist ever, dr Schmidt. He once said “Unintended consequences always arise” Sickle cell trait protects some from Malaria, like that selection, curing malaria in a continent that largely can’t support the population will have other issues related to famine and other diseases of poverty. The death rate may sadly remain unchanged, may just be a different cause.

  65. BZ
    August 30, 2012, 10:28 pm

    Shouldn’t they time the release of this new drug (if it really works) with massive DDT spraying campaign at the same time to attempt to eliminate malaria from the African continent? kind of a double-whammy for that nasty parasite?

  66. atom
    August 30, 2012, 10:27 pm

    Jim Humble has been curing malaria as well as a host of other pathogen related diseases for a number of years, so nothing new was ‘discovered’ here, other than yet another way for the board members of big-pharma to peddle their toxins.

    MMS (chlorine dioxide) has a 100% cure rate at a cost of a few cents per person for malaria. MMS has also been used to treat cancer, AIDS, hepititus a, b, c, herpes, lyme disease, etc., etc., etc.

    MMS is does not produce chlorine, but rather chlorine dioxide. as such, it is not bleach as a few uninformed people occasionally claim. the chemical sign for bleach is NaClO, while the chemical sign for chlorine dioxide is ClO2. and for those who think bleach is a poison, ask yourselves what chemical is used to purify the water coming out of your tap ??? anything can be harmful if one consumes too much

    unlike traditional pharmaceuticals, MMS has never killed anyone. it is also cheap and can be easily made in your kitchen for the DIY folks. no one is getting rich selling it, least of all its founder. it is the most powerful pathogen killer i am aware of and i can say from personal experience that it works, even on so-called ‘incurable’ diseases such as herpes.

    don’t let the armchair warriors of the internet who have no experience with MMS and who have not done any research put you off. do your own research…

    http://jimhumble.biz/basic-science-of-mms-chlorine-dioxide.html

  67. HARLEY NOEL HARLEY NOEL
    United States
    August 30, 2012, 9:42 pm

    my wife and i ran a hospital in kenya for almost 3yrs. if this works it will be a GOD SEND for not only africa but for the whole world. this will propel africa and its people into the future @ and astounding rate this will move africa to the fore front of bringing the people ahead!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  68. Jewfromhell
    usa
    August 30, 2012, 9:27 pm

    Refrain from making this vaccine avaiable to Muslims. Thank You!

  69. John
    August 30, 2012, 9:22 pm

    Excellent news, DDT was doing a good job long ago until the liberals with a political agenda demonized it until it was outlawed as hazardous. The chemist who invented it actually ate the stuff to prove how safe it was to humans and others but deadly to insect, especially mosquito larva. The last thing the liberals have demonized into over the top prices but have not outlawed it because they love the money they are getting in taxes too much is cigarettes.

  70. plameflame
    Planet Earth
    August 30, 2012, 8:50 pm

    COLD HARD FACTS
    1. MMS has caused the death of dozens directly.
    2. MMS is LITERALLY DILUTED BLEACH
    3. MMS DOES NOT CURE ANYTHING.

  71. Paul
    Maryland
    August 30, 2012, 8:43 pm

    I don’t see what proof there is that there are any cost savings to health departments. All of the people who wouldn’t die of malaria will get sick and die of something else. It will happen to all of us. There is nothing to indicate that what eventually kills them would be cheaper for a government. It could actually lead to significant cost increases.

  72. Steve Kempf
    Auburn, AL
    August 30, 2012, 8:06 pm

    On the surface this sounds wonderful; however, to me it seems like sort of a catch 22 situation. What will happen if “…millions upon millions…” of lives are saved in African countries that are already greatly overpopulated? It seems to me that the final result could end-up being worse than the current situation,

  73. Frank A White
    USA
    August 30, 2012, 7:35 pm

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  74. Victor N. Anyeneh
    Hollister, California USA
    August 30, 2012, 7:33 pm

    Way To Go!! Bravo to the researchers. Please shorten the time needed before the medication becomes available in the market. Malaria have killed one too many already. Cure is long overdue. The earlier then the medicine is available the better. Congratulations again. This is good and uplifting news indeed!

  75. beketaten
    August 30, 2012, 7:30 pm

    For all of you who doubt this, I hope you get malaria and are forced to recognize that medical science can save your life.

  76. Stephen
    Ohio
    August 30, 2012, 7:29 pm

    DDT would have saved millions of more people if animals were not made more important than the 3rd world poor. Thats a FACT

  77. Jack Lacton
    Reality
    August 30, 2012, 7:07 pm

    EnigmAdam doesn’t seem to be a real malaria researcher to me.

    In order for DDT to affect egg shells etc there needs to be a massive campaign of what’s known as DDT fogging, a process in which DDT is sprayed so heavily that it creates a temporary fog.

    While it’s true that mosquitoes can build up a resistance to DDT so that it doesn’t kill them it needs to be understood that DDT’s repellent characteristic remains making it an ideal solution for low level indoor spraying which is perfectly safe for people.

    Therefore, to argue against DDT for indoor use is to argue against the cheapest, most effective life saving solution on the planet.

  78. Matt from California
    August 30, 2012, 7:07 pm

    BRING BACK DDT!
    Contrary to all the hysterical comments, DDT has NEVER been shown to harm humans. There’s a farmer here in California that goes around demonstrating this by drinking a full glass of it all the time. No ill effects at all.
    And people who go on about thin bird shells, etc., ignore the fact that ANIMALS ALSO DIE OF MALARIA.

  79. smokey
    August 30, 2012, 6:31 pm

    Folks worrying about “resistance” to DDT in mosquitoes should not, as such resistance manifests itself as severe agitation and subsequent avoidance of sprayed areas. In other words, the bugs that don’t die get too wound up to bite anything, and eventually go somewhere else.

  80. Natalie Portmanteau
    August 30, 2012, 6:28 pm

    ‎4-Aminopyridine’s production and use as a chemical intermediate and in agriculture as a bird repellant and avicide will result in its release to the environment through various waste streams. If released to air, an estimated vapor pressure
    of 3.5X10-4 mm Hg at 25 deg C indicates 4-aminopyridine will exist solely as a vapor in the ambient atmosphere. Vapor-phase 4-aminopyridine will be degraded in the atmosphere by reaction with photochemically-produced hydroxyl radicals; the half-life for this reaction in air is estimated to be 19 hrs. If released to soil, 4-aminopyridine is expected to have very high mobility based upon an estimated Koc of 45. The pKa of 4-aminopyridine is 9.17, indicating that this compound will exist in the protonated form in the environment and cations generally adsorb to organic carbon and clay more strongly than their neutral counterparts. Volatilization from moist soil surfaces is not expected to be an important fate process based upon an estimated Henry’s Law constant of 2.5X10-9 atm-cu m/mole. 4-Aminopyridine will not volatilize from dry soil surfaces based upon its vapor pressure. Aerobic and anaerobic biodegradation in soil occurs at a very slow rate. If released into water, 4-aminopyridine is not expected to adsorb to suspended solids and sediment in water based upon the estimated Koc. Volatilization from water surfaces is not expected to be an important fate process based upon this compound’s estimated Henry’s Law constant. Biodegradation in water may slowly occur based upon biodegradation studies in soil. A measured BCF of <0.2-0.6 and <1.8-7.2 at a concentration of 50 and 5 mg/l, respectively, suggests bioconcentration in aquatic organisms is low. Occupational exposure to 4-aminopyridine may occur via dermal contact with this compound at workplaces where 4-aminopyridine is produced or used. The general population may be exposed through ingestion of contaminated grain and seed products. (SRC)

    A tolerance of 0.1 ppm is established for negligible residues of the bird repellant 4-aminopyridine in or on the raw agricultural commodities corn fodder & forage, corn grain (incl popcorn grain), fresh corn (incl sweet corn kernels & cob with husks removed), & sunflower seeds.

    As the federal pesticide law FIFRA directs, EPA is conducting a comprehensive review of older pesticides to consider their health and environmental effects and make decisions about their future use. Under this pesticide reregistration program, EPA examines health and safety data for pesticide active ingredients initially registered before November 1, 1984, and determines whether they are eligible for reregistration. In addition, all pesticides must meet the new safety standard of the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996. 4-Aminopyridine is found on List A, which contains most food use pesticides and consists of the 194 chemical cases (or 350 individual active ingredients) for which EPA issued registration standards prior to FIFRA 1988. Case No: 0015; Pesticide type: rodenticide (bird repellent); Registration Standard Date: 9/01/80; Case Status: Pre-Reregistration Eligibility Document (RED), OPP is reviewing data from the pesticide's producers regarding its human health and/or environmental effects, or OPP is determining the pesticide's eligibility for reregistration and developing the RED document.; Active ingredient (AI): 4-aminopyridine; Data Call-in (DCI) Date(s): 2/22/91, 10/13/95; AI Status: The producers of the pesticide have made commitments to conduct the studies and pay the fees required for reregistration, and are meeting those commitments in a timely manner.

  81. Albert
    United States
    August 30, 2012, 6:26 pm

    Big Pharma will squash the drug just like a bug. If they didn’t make it then they will keep it off the market. They profit because of other peoples mysery. Pain & suffering doesn’t matter to them, only big profits.

  82. Apostate XP
    British Columbia, Canada
    August 30, 2012, 6:00 pm

    The importance of this news – if it goes on to be approved for human use – cannot be overstated! Controlling malaria will do more to improve lives in third world country than all the billions in aid ever could. And what’s more, this was a
    discovery made by Africans, for Africans (and Asia, etc.), and is the first big pharmaceutical advancement to come out that continent. So not only is the practical impact huge, but the pride in having made this stride on their own continent rather than having relied again on outside aid is an extremely significant milestone.

    Now, if any theists react to this by praising god for finally, after eons of human suffering and multiple millions of wasted lives, “guiding” or “helping” these scientists in their quest, I will be hard pressed to resist punching them in the throat. If they claim it’s their own prayers being answered, I WILL tell them to stick it up their arrogant asses!

    The credit goes to South Africa, to science, and to humanity, not to telepathically begging an imaginary friend for help eradicating a disease that, if their fairy tales were true, he would have been responsible for creating in the first place!

  83. Horatio
    August 30, 2012, 5:38 pm

    Oh joy. Millions more alive in the most poverty stricken part of the world. “We have no jobs no education no opportunity so let’s pick up arms and attack members of “that” tribe because they are not members of our tribe.” Beware of the inviolate law of Unintended Consequences – it’s a bitch

  84. Michael Roberts
    August 30, 2012, 5:29 pm

    Hey Mickey with the ten bucks – Kelly Chibale is black (here’s a picture: http://www.science.uct.ac.za/news/?id=8112&t=dn) – you can just PayPal me the ten bucks.

    Hey Gompers – this was research funded by a mixture of South African government funding and a public-private venture fund in Switzerland. So no, private industry is not trying to cure malaria. Governments are.

  85. Barry Hussein
    The White Hut
    August 30, 2012, 5:20 pm

    Science marches on. The kids will survive malaria long enough to starve to death under the African kleptocracies. But it keeps the African beg-for-money schemes going……

  86. meteorick
    KY
    August 30, 2012, 5:12 pm

    It’s amazing after all this time hat misinformation about the wonder drug DDT continues. It saved millions of lives form the time it was developed until it was banned because of one of the first of many bogus studies done by environmentalists. The millions that continue to die should haunt everyone who calls themselves environmentalists.

  87. dtayls
    Bay Area
    August 30, 2012, 5:03 pm

    Gadzooks! A setback for Agenda 21?

  88. Rich
    colorado
    August 30, 2012, 4:18 pm

    I’ve used mms in 30 day protocols twice and it worked wonders on me. Stopped sugar cravings (candida in the gut), skin conditions cleared up, crusty elbows baby skin soft now, pain in knees went away. Night sweats stopped, etc… It was very good for getting my body detoxed. It also chelates metals out of your body. It is good stuff and it is not bleach.

    Not a doctor, don’t take my advice, I only use protocols that work.

    Other topics: Earthing, D3, serrapeptase. Use of these would save money

  89. lou
    August 30, 2012, 4:01 pm

    Thank you , adam, for the straight scoop on DDT. The trouble with indiscriminate spraying of any pesticide is that the target species become resistant and there is a lot of collateral damage. Humans are not immune to this collaterial damage. But every time some new pest threatens us, the spraying crowd goes wild. Can’t we learn something from the past?

    It is surprising to find such ignorance on the NG website. Would have expected better informed people to be reading it.

    The is claim of a cure surely needs more proof. Does it work on all forms of malaria?

  90. Mickey
    August 30, 2012, 3:54 pm

    “Out of Africa, by Africans.” Ten bucks says they were all white.

  91. RB
    August 30, 2012, 3:48 pm

    why wait?

  92. Dai Alanye
    Ohio
    August 30, 2012, 3:33 pm

    From OSHA:
    Effects on Humans: Chlorine dioxide is a severe respiratory and eye irritant in humans. Inhalation can produce coughing, wheezing, respiratory distress, and congestion in the lungs [Patnaik 1992]. Irritating effects in humans was intense at concentration levels of 5 ppm. Accidental exposure at 19 ppm of the gas inside a bleach tank resulted in the death of one worker (time of exposure is not specified) [ACGIH 1991]. Workers exposed for 5 years to average chlorine dioxide concentrations below 0.1 ppm but with excursions to higher concentrations had symptoms of eye and throat irritation, nasal discharge, cough, and wheezing; on bronchoscopy, bronchitis was observed in seven of the 12 workers [Clayton and Clayton 1982]. Concentrations of 0.25 ppm and less have been reported to worsen mild respiratory ailments [ACGIH 1991]. Two adults who ingested 250 ml of a 40 mg/l solution of chlorine dioxide experienced headache, nausea, abdominal discomfort, and lightheadedness within 5 minutes of ingestion. The symptoms disappeared within another 5 minutes

  93. godfrey
    springs (RSA)
    August 30, 2012, 3:11 pm

    its better to find a cure before summer ,roll out now before its too late

  94. Deiter
    Missouri
    August 30, 2012, 2:54 pm

    I don’t believe it. But what is more interesting is how the threat of malari and mosquitoes is shown. The report iterates the millions and millions of lives saved (deaths prevented) IN AFRICA! It is unconscionable that DDT is banned by far away FRICKIN’ GOOD-DOER LIBERAL AMERICANS!!!!!!!!

  95. John C
    USA
    August 30, 2012, 2:38 pm

    This “super pill” could potentially cure millions of people every year, and save the lives of over one million people from around the world each year.”

    Then it’s just a simple matter of how to feed everyone.

  96. Phillip J Hubbell
    USA
    August 30, 2012, 2:17 pm

    So, why isn’t this leading all the news on every network?

  97. OldOllie
    Carthage, MO
    August 30, 2012, 2:10 pm

    Maybe now we can close the book and assign a final death toll to the worst mass murderer in the history of the world, Margaret Sanger.

  98. tombaker
    August 30, 2012, 1:58 pm

    Sometimes when a drug is documented as safe, it needs to be put out much more quickly, regardless of the effectiveness being studied and completely documented.

    If this is safe, which nobody seems to dispute, it needs a FAST roll out. Parasites are not like disease, they are bugs. This kills bugs, and is safe, so release it

  99. Andrew
    August 30, 2012, 1:54 pm

    I wonder if this will slow the release of Bill Gates’ Super Mosquitos…

  100. Gompers
    August 30, 2012, 1:44 pm

    ““This is the first ever clinical molecule that’s been discovered out of Africa, by Africans, from a modern pharmaceutical industry drug discovery programme. ”

    Private industry scores another success, taking huge risks along the way. So much for the absurd notion that federal governments must fund all research – and control all medical R&D.

  101. Antonia Swift
    United States
    August 30, 2012, 1:33 pm

    I could not be happier! I have had Malaria and it can be debilitating particularly when your in an isolated part of the jungle like Papua New Guinea. But what I think was worse than getting it myself was watching some of my little school children suffer with it.
    So, well done!!!

  102. bacullen
    N.H.
    August 30, 2012, 1:03 pm

    IF this new drug is successfully deployed what will be some of the unintended consequences to the societies involved??

  103. RJ5639
    August 30, 2012, 12:46 pm

    If it works on humans, AMAZING!

    No one has to die from hunger, Sam Kinison solved that problem: Stop bringing them food, bring trucks and TAKE ALL THE STARVING PEOPLE OUT OF THE DESERT AND BRING THEM TO A PLACE WHERE FOOD GROWS!!

  104. Beef daddio
    Venus
    August 30, 2012, 12:40 pm

    Any moron that says MMS is bleach is a ill informed idiot. Bleach kills everything. MMS only kills pathogens through oxygenation and after several hours turns to basic table salt. NO ONE has ever died of MMS, check the FDA facts!!, if you take too much, you will get nauseated and possibly vomit but that is because it killed too many pathogens and your body will rid them. Do your research and stop posting fake comments. Why do they use Chlorine Dioxide (not bleach) to scrub government buildings when there is an anthrax scare?? The reason that you are told it is bleach, when it is not, is that it is very cheap to buy or even cheaper to make and they can’t charge you and arm and leg for a pill. Jim Humble has cured hundreds of thousands of Africans with MMS while Bill Gates spends billions like an idiot without any results when it is right in front of us. Stop posting fake posts about MMS.
    P.S. DDT saved my mother’s life while she grew up poor in europe, The U.S. came in and sprayed DDT and saved thousands. She is currently 75 and healthy living in the U.S.

  105. NH Native
    NH
    August 30, 2012, 12:40 pm

    The medical/ big pharma industry does not want cures. They want treatments. Even if this “cure” was found to be effective, it will go no where.

    It’s all about money – always has been, always will be.

  106. Dr. Ray
    Wisconsin, USA
    August 30, 2012, 12:33 pm

    I am a pharmacologist (Ph.D.) and taught Pharmacology in Medical School for a number of years. Whenever a “cure” claims to have “no reported adverse side effects” I look at it very skeptically. I have never seen a safe and effective medication that had no adverse side effects.

  107. a den
    August 30, 2012, 12:22 pm

    Enigadam: you forget to mention that the DDT egg thining has been proven to be a myth.

  108. Rich
    WI
    August 30, 2012, 12:21 pm

    Unless you get rid of the mosquitoes, even the cured will remain at risk of infection. An ounce of prevention…

  109. ChemMatt
    USA
    August 30, 2012, 12:09 pm

    Sorry, honey, MMS is bleach. Plain and simple. If you want corrosive injuries to your GI tract and possible kdney failure, drink away.

  110. buslady
    August 30, 2012, 12:07 pm

    save lives sure but in a country that can’t (or won’t) feed all of those poor starving kids cos their parents don’t know when to keep their legs closed?

  111. Tommr
    Raleigh, NC
    August 30, 2012, 12:00 pm

    More people have died from malaria than any other disease in human history. DDT has been proven to control malaria. It is still used in South Africa and several other countries. DDT thins the shells of eggs of some birds and other animals and can have other toxic effects. But if used responsibly for mosquito control (avoiding other uses as an agricultural pesticide), do the benefits outweigh the risks? How many MILLIONS of people have died because the eco-extremists got DDT banned?

  112. keeemosabe
    USA
    August 30, 2012, 11:55 am

    Now watch the the US FDA delay approval for many years, while other countries move forward. If this Tx kills the malaria bug instantly, it should at least be treating the dying for humanitarian reasons.

  113. Mavrik
    Washington State
    August 30, 2012, 11:54 am

    McNeal and Huxley speak for the pharmaceutical companies and NOT for the good of mankind. All they say is propaganda and lies. Even Huxley does not address what chlorine dioxide (ClO2)in the proper doses can do for the human body. MMS is for real and when administered by someone competent will rid the human body of parasites. Of course McNeal and Huxley are not interested in a debate void of propaganda.

  114. meezer
    los angeles
    August 30, 2012, 11:52 am

    This will save millions in impoverished countries so they can die from starvation.

  115. Debbie Hambrick
    FL
    August 30, 2012, 11:44 am

    That’s great they are finding a one dose cure. But…why not prevent getting it in the first place. For 8 year my husband and I lived in the rainforest of Venezuela. Two of those years my husband had malaria 6 times! It was discovered…that NEEM TEA prevents malaria. We brought trees in and started making the tea. One big gulp EVERY day kept us from ever getting malaria again. The Indians were also taught how to make and use it. If they were faithful to drink it every day they too were malaria free! It’s a natural remedy and again no money in it so no one will publisize this information. I know for a fact that NEEM trees are all over Africa. People just don’t believe it. I know first hand that it does in FACT work! Our mission base used it and still are using it, and are malaria free. If you are in an infested area, try it, prove it to yourself, what have you got to lose? The best part, It’s FREE, no RX needed! Check it out.

  116. Anastasia Rominoff (Crapkiller)
    Florida
    August 30, 2012, 11:39 am

    When i see the tests verified, I will believe this. Lately there has been too many false promises coming Obama, the son of an African, so I am skeptical of any African cures.

  117. George
    Midwest, USA
    August 30, 2012, 11:17 am

    While I would like to “believe” there is some kind of miracle drug, science is not faith – it’s ‘show me’. This article was couched in some beautiful words…. that mean *absolutely nothing*. I work in this community, and I’ve not heard anything about this. Where is the link to the research vetted in peer-review journals? Without that, it’s just marketing hype to a desperate people – which is just plain wrong.

  118. janice Campbell
    United States
    August 30, 2012, 11:12 am

    Can’t people just be excited at the prospects of a cure for malaria instead of being cynical, negative, rude, and smart alecks in general. Have you ever had malaria or been with anyone suffering from malaria? If you have, I feel confident your attitude would be different. Comments about finding tic tacs in the sofa are a direct slap in the face to those affected by this horrific illness. Grow up.

  119. Kim
    US
    August 30, 2012, 11:10 am

    Yay Science

  120. Ken
    USA
    August 30, 2012, 11:09 am

    From Wikipedia: “MMS was a cure touted by an Australian couple targeting the Seattle area. They ran websites using fake testimonials (accompanied by sexy vignettes), photographs, and Seattle addresses, to promote downloadable books touted as containing secret cures as well as selling bottles labeled “water purification drops” with a brand name of “MMS Professional”.[28] The Washington State Attorney General’s Office filed suit, and in conjunctions with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), secured a settlement of more than US$40,000 for at least 200 residents.[29][30] In the ACCC legal action, the presiding judge described the cures as quack medicine and found the claims on the websites “false, misleading or deceptive”.[28][31]“

  121. EnigmAdam
    United States
    August 30, 2012, 11:07 am

    I myself am a malaria researcher and have traveled to Africa to study the disease and mosquitoes specifically. DDT is a terrible compound as it does cause harmful effects to eggs of birds and other animals. This is what happens when you put out a drug, don’t know its mechanism of action and let the world use it. It’s important to note that as insecticides have been put into field use, mosquitoes are becoming resistant currently in about 6-12 months on average. Therefore the amount of drugs that we can make that are mosquito specific are dwindling. As well, when people say “go after that parasite!” they are forgetting that that is even a more difficult proposition. If you do the calculations, which I have, with the amount of malaria parasites in the world each year, each base is mutated roughly 2,000 times YEARLY. That means that there is a good chance that anything that kills the parasite won’t kill it for long due to mutations and its mechanism of action. This disease has been around for a long time and has adaptations that are beyond our scope. It may be time that we accept living with some diseases rather than thinking we can cure all.

  122. snewsom2997
    STL
    August 30, 2012, 11:03 am

    Because we can always use an extra few million a people a year in the global labor force driving wages down, and being more competing for jobs than Americans.

  123. Riverfront_Sage
    Wilkes-Barre, PA, USA
    August 30, 2012, 10:55 am

    As long as we’re talking cures…
    Google “Cures using sea salt and water” There is no money in that one either but it works for many diseases.

  124. LYSOL MOTOROLA
    NYC, USA
    August 30, 2012, 10:42 am

    The article did not explain the mechanism by which the drug actually kills the parasites or at what stage. Certainly, this is information many people would liked to have seen.
    Let’s hope for two things. First, that it actually is as good as its advance notices, and 2.) that it doesn’t cost a prohibitive amount (like early AIDS drugs)
    Then they can start working on the second scourge preventing Africa from coming out of the “dark” – sleeping sickness.

  125. Tom McNeal
    WA, USA
    August 30, 2012, 10:29 am

    To the people touting MMS and Jim Humble: a simple search on those terms makes it real clear that the “miracle solution” involved is basically industrial bleach. People have been sickened and/or died from falling for this. There’s also a history of scams and fraud around this product.
    For any reading this- Don’t be a tool. Anything claiming to cure HIV, AIDS, malaria, hepatitis, and H1N1…! It’s so ridiculously a load of BS I can’t believe anyone would fall for it.

  126. huxley
    August 30, 2012, 10:28 am

    Activated MMS (Miracle Mineral Supplement) is a mixture of lemon juice and sodium chlorite (NaClO2) , when combined those two produce chlorine dioxide (ClO2) which is used in water treatment and in bleaching.

    The same quacks that promote it for Malaria promote it as a cancer cure and general cure-all for other illnesses.

    If it doesn’t make you sick, it will kill you. Sodium chlorite is highly toxic and can cause kidney failure.

  127. Griefman
    Annapolis Md
    August 30, 2012, 10:20 am

    I have found that 5-6 gin and tonics a day a valuable anti malaria tool.

  128. Rich
    Tennessee, USA
    August 30, 2012, 10:07 am

    I found the cure for AIDS. It was down between the couch cushions. OPPS, it’s just a mint flavored tick-tack. Never mind.

  129. kmr
    usa
    August 30, 2012, 10:07 am

    “Why hasn’t the U.S. military done research on preventing malaria to its troops?”

    they HAVE, but then again they also get crapped on for “using troops for testing” so i’m not surprised they’re a little leery of new stuff.

  130. huxley
    August 30, 2012, 10:06 am

    Walt: ” But DDT had almost eliminated malaria before it was banned on FALSE evidence that it caused birds to have thin shelled eggs. ”

    Please stop spreading this lie. There has NEVER been a ban on the use of DDT for malaria control.

    DDT has only been banned for agricultural use, it is still used and permitted for public health use. The reason for the restrictions has been that if you over-use DDT, mosquitos developing resistance and we could lose a powerful weapon against them in epidemic areas.

  131. Lee Neal
    Huntsville, AL
    August 30, 2012, 10:05 am

    There is already an established, proven cure for malaria. It’s called Master Mineral Solution or MMS. Search for Jim Humble and MMS. You”l be astonished. He has PROVEN it’s effectiveness time and again. It also kills any and all pathogens, bacteria, viruses, parasites. Trouble is it is very inexpensive and easy to use. Big Pharma will block its use any way they can. That’s why you have not heard of it. Trust, it is real and it works.

  132. Julian Braggins
    August 30, 2012, 10:05 am

    Activated MMS malaria treatment was left out of my previous posting, are we being censored?

  133. Julian Braggins
    Bathurst NSW
    August 30, 2012, 10:02 am

    Already been done. cures in one dose, two for long standing or particularly virulent strains.

    Because it is a simple mix of two cheap chemicals and there is no money in it , it is ignored by the medical/pharmaceutical mainstream. Look it up.

  134. Tim
    Salem, MO, USA
    August 30, 2012, 9:57 am

    I so hope that this is true! My only two questions are:
    How much will the “cure” cost?
    How soon will it be available for EVERYONE that suffers from malaria?

  135. TH
    PGH, PA
    August 30, 2012, 9:54 am

    If the parasite is completely killed in the host it is nearly impossible to build a resistance to the drug. Treatments that will make someone functional but not cured as with current malaria drugs allow the parasite to build up a resistance to treatment.

  136. Joey McNeal
    August 30, 2012, 9:53 am

    DDT studies have been conducted in most countries with incriminating results. If you cannot accept the facts and the conclusions about the dangers of DDT, then don’t spout of absolute nonsense.

  137. mary richter
    new york
    August 30, 2012, 9:45 am

    welcome post.. thanks.. good news if true in so many ways

  138. Tom Clegg
    Des Moines, IA
    August 30, 2012, 9:42 am

    As a past malaria sufferer and one with a heart for Africa: THANK YOU!!! Keep up the good work! Please work to make the drug affordable and available across the entire third world.

  139. Victoria Alexander
    U.S.A.
    August 30, 2012, 9:37 am

    I had 2 pyschotic episodes taking 2 different anti-malaria medications. It was horrific. Why hasn’t the U.S. military done research on preventing malaria to its troops? The effects of the anti-malaria drugs are well known. Most people just get weird dreams but then there are those who are affected in other ways.

  140. Walt
    USA
    August 30, 2012, 9:36 am

    Great news if it comes to fruition. But DDT had almost eliminated malaria before it was banned on FALSE evidence that it caused birds to have thin shelled eggs. If this treatment does not prove safe and effective then we MUST stop being stupid and return to DDT use. Malaria has killed over a hundred MILLION people since DDT was banned!!!!!!

  141. Dave Rasputin
    North Carolina, USA
    August 30, 2012, 9:32 am

    Now all you have to do is clear away the cobwebs from your minds and start using DDT again to control the mosquitos and, viola, no more malaria. Of course, that is something you could have done decades ago.

  142. David
    NYC
    August 30, 2012, 9:32 am

    They didn’t discover that, Obama did!

  143. Mike Jefferson
    Washington, D.C.
    August 30, 2012, 9:27 am

    While this story is certainly optimistic, the jubilation should be temporary. Even if this drug is effective, it is only a matter of time before resistance emerges. It happens every time.

  144. Travis Mc Neill
    Cape Town, South Africa
    August 30, 2012, 2:59 am

    This is a truly uplifting story. Let’s hope the hard work, dedication and now success of these scientists is rewarded by the pharmesutical industry keeping the cost of such a wonder drug low enough for the poor to access it.

    Great story :)

  145. Karl Hickel
    Alaska
    August 30, 2012, 12:03 am

    Just two words … Beautiful Thanks

  146. Bernadine
    Cape Town
    August 29, 2012, 6:58 am

    Please correct this. Dr. Chibale is male, not female.