Ancient curse is here to stay – Saturday Star | IOL.co.zaPosted: December 12, 2011
Research into malaria had already taken me from Cambodia to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zanzibar, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Along the way I had developed a rule of thumb to gauge my chances of being infected.
Malaria is a particularly bad risk, it turned out, in places beginning with a K. In Africa, there was Kigali, Kibuye, Kivu, Kinshasa, Kisangani, Kisumu, Kilifi, Kampala and Karonga on the western shore of Lake Malawi, where in a month’s time South African scientists would discover a new type of funestus.
So it was with some foreboding that on studying a map I realised the road to Apac took me from Kampala to Kigumba, onto Karuma via Kitwanga, before turning right on the dirt road to Kwania.