Narrator: This is Science Today. An international team of researchers led by tropical disease expert, Joseph Vinetz of the University of California, San Diego has received a National Institutes of Health grant to establish a training program and research project in Peru, which will focus on malaria and other infectious diseases endemic in the Peruvian Amazon.Vinetz: The Amazon has been a place historically that has been underprivileged, underserved and really, where disease is understudied compared to the burden of disease there relative to the population.
Narrator: Vinetz says malaria is worsening in countries such as Africa, Southeast Asia and throughout the Amazon basin of Latin America. And while malaria has been virtually eliminated in the United States, we're still vulnerable due to increased globalization.
Vinetz: All of these diseases of developing countries can show up in the United States without warning – whether it's the avian strain of influenza, whether it's SARS, whether it's malaria. So, we are by no means immune – in fact, we are more and more vulnerable.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.