Children in a village in Uganda run, dodge, and squeal with delight as they play a game of tag. There’s more afoot here than an ordinary childhood game. Two kids who are “it” buzz like mosquitoes. Other children, when they get tagged by one of that pair, pretend to suffer from the aches and fever of malaria. It doesn’t take long before the “mosquitoes” win. Then an adult on the sidelines introduces a new rule: When a mosquito approaches, children can put up their hands to mime the...

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