Nobel Prize for parasitic disease discoveries

The Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine has been split two ways for groundbreaking work on parasitic diseases, the BBC reports.

William C Campbell and Satoshi Omura developed a new drug against infections caused by roundworm parasites.

Youyou Tu shares the prize for her discovery of a therapy against malaria.

The Nobel committee said the work had changed the lives of the hundreds of millions of people affected by these diseases.

The mosquito-borne disease malaria kills more than 450,000 people each year around the world, with billions more at risk of catching the infection.

Parasitic worms affect a third of the world’s population and cause a number of illnesses, including River Blindness and Lymphatic Filariasis.

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