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Gates Foundation awards $23 million to Notre Dame

– The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded $23 million for research being led by a pair of University of Notre Dame biologists that seeks to prevent malaria and dengue fever.

The university says it is the second largest award to a single grant proposal in school history.

The five-year project will focus on trying to find new ways to stop the spread of malaria and dengue fever. The World Health Organization estimates 207 million cases of malaria were reported in 2012 and 50 million to 100 million dengue infections occur every year. Both the malaria parasite and dengue virus are transmitted through the bites of infected mosquitoes.

Public health efforts have concentrated on control strategies such as insecticide-treated bed nets, indoor residual spraying for malaria and space-spraying for dengue.

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