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February 3, 2016

In the early 19th century, when the first European explorers, missionaries and ivory hunters pushed into the interior of southern Africa, they endured untold hardships: a mysterious river fever (that we have now identified as malaria), typhoid from the river water, and the dry impenetrable thirst-land of the Kalahari.

They didn’t know where these diseases came from, but attributed them to breathing in the dank air of river courses and swampy areas. // read more >