History of quinine

malaria is an infectious disease that for centuries has been one of the most feared and devastating diseases. Its name comes from Italian and is composed of “bad” and “aria”, that is, “bad air.”

This disease is caused by protozoa of the genus Plasmodium that infect red blood cells of the blood and are transmitted by the bites of infected females of several species of mosquitoes of the genus Anopheles .

The cure for malaria came from the hand of quinine which we know that destroys Plasmodium within red blood cells, although the precise mechanism is still unknown.

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The article History of quinine has been written in Cuaderno de Cultura Científica .

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