It’s a story of geopolitical struggles, traditional medicine, and above all, a war of escalation between scientists and a tiny parasite. Malaria has proved to be a wily foe: Every time we think we have it backed into a corner, it somehow escapes.
Over the next several days, NPR’s Shots blog will be sharing stories about malaria. We’ll hear about drug resistance cropping up on Thailand’s border, the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention’s antimalarial efforts here in the United States, and a woman who raises mosquitoes on her own blood.
But for now, take a look at our video (which is made entirely with historical photos and illustrations). You’ll travel from inside the human body to 17th-century Peru to the battlefields of the Vietnam War — in under three minutes!