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Introduction Combating Malaria in East Asia:

Ka-che Yip

in Disease, Colonialism, and the State

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9789622095878
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206854 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622095878.003.0001
Introduction Combating Malaria in East Asia:

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This chapter provides an historical study of malaria in modern East Asia. It examines how different countries attempted to combat this mosquito-borne disease in the context of the global history of malaria since the nineteenth century. It notes that malaria has affected human developments since ancient times, and it remains a major health problem in Asia, not to mention Africa, today. It reports that the study of malaria has largely been dominated by scientists as well as medical and public health specialists, while social scientists and historians have only recently been contributing their expertise to examining the cultural, social, economic, and political dimensions of the relationship between human beings and diseases, including malaria. It therefore fills an important gap in understanding the global problem of malaria and its impact on human society in an area where malaria has been, and still remains, a serious public health concern.

Keywords: diseases; malaria; East Asia; mosquito-borne disease; human society; Africa

Chapter.  4298 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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