Bird malaria moves north

Germs that cause a so-called tropical disease make themselves at home in frosty Alaska

By Stephen Ornes, 12:36 PM October 10, 2012

Fairbanks is the second-largest city in Alaska, and according to a new study it’s also now home to malaria germs that infect birds. The finding that these germs — which thrive in warmer climates — have established themselves in North America’s cold, northern reaches could mean trouble for local birds.

Malaria microbes are parasites, or organisms that live on or in other organisms. The parasites make their home in mosquitoes, which can then transfer the germs from bird to bird, or from per...

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