Selected study unit - Malaria Philatelists International

Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease that typically manifests with flu-like symptoms that can, in severe cases, be fatal. It is typically found in areas of the earth in a broad band surrounding the equator. Although the parasite causing the disease was first identified in the 1880s, some historians believe that malaria may have been a factor in the decline of the Roman Empire; the World Health Organization estimates that in 2010 about 216 million cases of malaria were reported. The Malaria Philatelists International (MPI) was formed in the late 1970s to study the appearance of malaria, its history, control and eradication campaigns in philatelic material worldwide. This study unit maintains the Malaria on Stamps catalog and membership in MPI includes a subscription to the quarterly e-journal Miasma Philatelists. MPI's website, www.malariastamps.com/mpi, hosts a wealth of information about the topic including archived issues of Miasma, philatelic exhibits showing malaria on stamps, a number of checklists and an ever-expanding handbook of malaria related philatelic materials.

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