1893 : “Malaria Everywhere” In Wisconsin – 2011 : Scientific American Clueless As Usual

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Scientific American says that Malaria is caused by global warming, so it must have been very hot in Wisconsin in the 19th century.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=east-africa-malaria-rises-under-climate-change

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16 Responses to 1893 : “Malaria Everywhere” In Wisconsin – 2011 : Scientific American Clueless As Usual

  1. Latitude says:

    lack of spraying……………..

  2. Alan Simpson says:

    Malaria was endemic in Siberia not so long ago, I guess the place was hotter in the old days 🙂

    Humanity managed to get Malaria deaths in Africa down to less than 100,000 a year, but this alarmed the “Greens”, ( They hate brown people ), so they banned DDT, for no good reason.

    The death rate is now a respectable 1 – 1.5 million, mainly children so that’s OK then.

    Oh forgot to mention, the ban has been in place for 40 years, so 40 Million+ deaths can be placed directly at the feet of the environmental movement, they are worse than any other parasite known to man.

    • Justa Joe says:

      40 million african deaths is not enough for the Klimate Krew. They Introducing more tax payer funded starvation through their bio-“fuels” programs.

  3. Latitude says:

    I didn’t think East Africa was heating up….
    ..had to look that up, and it’s not
    GISS says it is, the rest of the world says it’s not.

    AMS Journals Online..

    Surface Temperature Variations in East Africa and Possible Causes

    http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/2008JCLI2726.1?journalCode=clim

  4. Beano says:

    Malaria is on the rise in all vulnerable countries due to the misjudged ban of DDT.

  5. omnologos says:

    According to a commenter at SciAm, the stock photo is no Anopheles, i.e. the Editors have no clue about what science.

    Boy, am I glad I don’t subscribe to Scientifically-challenged American any longer…

  6. Ivan says:

    Unscientific American is completely clueless on this – here’s a list of famous people that have died from malaria (or ague, as it was called in earlier days):
    http://www.malariasite.com/malaria/history_victims.

  7. Jimbo says:

    “A total of 1,803 persons died of malaria in the western parts of Finland and in the south-western archipelago during the years 1751–1773 [23]. Haartman [21] reports severe epidemics in the region of Turku in the years 1774–1777 and the physician F.W. Radloff mentioned that malaria was very common in the Aland Islands in 1795 [39].”
    Huldén et al – 2005 Malaria Journal

  8. Jimbo says:

    “Anopheles atroparvus may have maintained malaria endemicity into the present century in certain coastal localities in southern Sweden. ”
    Jaenson, Thomas G.T et al – 1986

  9. Jimbo says:

    “…..sometimes common throughout Europe as far north as the Baltic and northern Russia….
    In fact, the most catastrophic epidemic on record anywhere in the world occurred in the Soviet Union in the 1920s, with a peak incidence of 13 million cases per year, and 600,000 deaths. Transmission was high in many parts of Siberia, and there were 30,000 cases and 10,000 deaths due to falciparum infection (the most deadly malaria parasite) in Archangel, close to the Arctic circle. Malaria persisted in many parts of Europe until the advent of DDT.”
    Professor Paul Reiter, Institut Pasteur
    See also Malaria in Finland, Russia and Sweden – 1800–1870 [pdf]

  10. Jimbo says:

    Russia

    “…in 1922-1923, the greatest malaria epidemic of modern times in Europe…..More than 2 million cases were registered in 1922 and more than 5 million in 1923.”
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2537933/

  11. Andy Weiss says:

    So, malaria is not a tropical disease, can happen even in places with cold climates? Then we should assume that a degree of warming is not that important, if that is the case?

  12. Dora says:

    Try reading the Scientific American article. The story is specifically about the spread of malaria from the tropical lowlands of Kenya, up the sides of Mount Kenya. My neighbor and my landlord are from Mount Kenya and have explained its pleasant climate to me at length. The temperatures are consistently moderate year around on Mount Kenya. But as the climate warms, warmer temperatures are gradually creeping up Mount Kenya, and the disease bearing mosquitoes from the tropical jungles below are spreading with it!

    In Wisconsin, all malaria-bearing mosquitoes, which are related but not identical to the ones in Africa, ahd to do was be able to bite and breed during the warm season. Southern Wisconsin is full of ideal malaria mosquito environment; what they MOST need is plenty of marshes. Therefore malaria was pandemic in Wisconsin in the 19th century.

    I think it was pretty much beaten with swamp drainage and DDT.

  13. AZ1971 says:

    Interestingly enough, reading the article in its entirety through Google Newspapers shows that even in 1893 they had the equivalent of today’s online ads-masquerading-as-news clickbait.

    The “article” is an advertisement for Pe-ru-na Drug Manufacturing Company of Columbus, OH. Nothing more.

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