A researcher at the University of Southampton believes the global eradication of malaria could be achieved by individual countries eliminating the disease within their own borders.
Dr Andrew Tatem, who is working as part of a team from the UK and USA, made his comments as the findings are published in the journal Science.
He said: “Our findings suggest it may be possible for malaria elimination to proceed like a ratchet, tightening the grip on the disease region-by-region, country-by-country, until eradication is ultimately achieved – but without the need for a globally coordinated campaign.”
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