VoaNews.com: Study: Africans Near Dams 4 Times More Likely to Get Malaria

The study also warned that with many new dams slated to be built in the region, malaria cases could rise by tens of thousands annually.

“We found that dams do have an impact on malaria because of the fact that they provide breeding habitat for mosquitoes and Anopheles mosquitoes, which are the ones that carry malaria and are the hosts for malaria in people,” said researcher Matthew McCartney of the International Water Management Institute, a co-author of the report. “The reservoir shorelines provide breeding habitat, and that therefore increases the number of mosquitoes around many, many reservoirs.”

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