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Study Shows Mosquitoes Can Still Spread Malaria after Long-Distance Flights

Study Shows Mosquitoes Can Still Spread Malaria after Long-Distance Flights

The migrations of large African mammals across Tanzania’s Serengeti and the southern Sudan are true wildlife spectacles, but high in the night sky over the Sahel (the transition zone that belts the continent between the Sahara Desert and tropical savanna), another mass movement of animals immensely important to humans has gone undetected—until recently, that is. …

Malaria discovery could have broader impact

Malaria discovery could have broader impact

New research into malaria suggests targeting enzymes from the human host rather than the pathogen itself could offer effective treatment for a range of infectious diseases. Writing in the journal Nature Communications, an Australian-led team outlines a strategy it says could save years of drug discovery research and development by repurposing existing treatments designed for …

Mosquito net distribution could halve Malaria deaths in Africa during COVID-19

Mosquito net distribution could halve Malaria deaths in Africa during COVID-19

Mosquito net distribution could help halve the number of deaths from Malaria during the coronavirus outbreak in Africa, Imperial researchers say. There are concerns that malaria control activities – such as distributing insecticidal nets – could be severely disrupted as a result of the pandemic. Writing in Nature Medicine, Imperial’s COVID-19 Response Team estimate that …

Uganda Still Ranks High Globally In Malaria Deaths

Uganda Still Ranks High Globally In Malaria Deaths

Malaria remains a leading cause of illness and death in Uganda. Most of the country’s 43 million population is at risk. And the disease accounts for between a third and half of all outpatient consultations. Each malaria episode costs a family on average 9 US dollars. Even though Uganda had the 2nd largest reduction in …

Nigerians are over-treating malaria — Experts

Nigerians are over-treating malaria — Experts

As concerns grow over a recent study that discovered a new strain of malaria parasite that is resistant to artemisinin, health professionals in the country have warned that Nigerians should stop the habit of overtreating malaria ADEBAYO FOLORUNSHO-FRANCIS reports Fadekemi Fagba, a 52-year-old trader, visited a local pharmacy to procure a drug to treat malaria. …

RECAP: What Is Malaria?

RECAP: What Is Malaria?

Malaria is an infectious disease caused by species of single-celled parasites invading and destroying red blood cells. There are four species of Plasmodium protozoan that cause malaria in humans, with two – P. falciparum and P. vivax – responsible for the majority of infections. Plasmodium parasites reproduce in two ways: asexually inside a host’s liver …

Common RDTs ineffective in detecting malaria – Study

Common RDTs ineffective in detecting malaria – Study

A new study has found that the readily available Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDT) used in testing for malaria are missing some positives especially those that have low levels of the disease and those that are asymptomatic. The observational study whose results were released this morning started in 2019 by the Ministry of Health. It was …

Malaria Parasite resistance to artemisinin derivatives now affecting Africa

Malaria Parasite resistance to artemisinin derivatives now affecting Africa

Resistance to artemisinin, the main component of the current antimalarial treatments recommended by WHO, is already widespread in South-East Asia, but it had not previously been described in Africa. Scientists from the Institut Pasteur, in collaboration with the National Malaria Control Program in Rwanda (Rwanda Biomedical Center), the World Health Organization (WHO), Cochin Hospital and …

Lice. Mosquitoes. Stereotypes (3)

Lice. Mosquitoes. Stereotypes (3)

Missing an Opportunity for Excellence I must note, first, that there is a certain ‘Oliver asked for more-ness to this article—or at least the topic regarding this article—one which I tried very hard to desist from over- indulging. This attempt proved unsuccessful for this inherent Oliver-ness stems from pointing out the obvious: global funding for …