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Could this chair end malaria?
02:22 - Source: CNN

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Soaps, furniture and plastic laced with insecticides reduce mosquito bites

Everyday products will be more easily adopted by people at risk, researchers say

"Science today should give us tools to solve a lot of the big killers," Bill Gates says

CNN  — 

Known to health experts as the most deadly animal on the planet, the minuscule mosquito, with its dreaded whine, is responsible for millions of deaths from multiple diseases each year.

In 2015, more than 210 million people had malaria, with an estimated 429,000 dying from the disease. That same year, more than 1.4 million people were thought to have chikungunya – a debilitating disease causing fever and joint pain – and each year, 390 million people are estimated to become infected with dengue, according to the World Health Organization.