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WHO urges countries to ensure the continuity of malaria services in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is testing the resilience of robust health systems around the world. Recognizing the heavy toll that malaria exacts on vulnerable populations in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as the region’s fragile health infrastructure, WHO underlines the critical importance of sustaining efforts to prevent, detect and treat malaria. “As COVID-19 continues its rapid spread, …

Could Malaria Drugs Effectively & Safely Treat COVID-19 Patients?

Could Malaria Drugs Effectively & Safely Treat COVID-19 Patients?

In the race to find a treatment for COVID-19, two malaria drugs, chloroquine and its derivative hydroxychloroquine, have reared their heads as promising candidates.  Although evidence that these drugs could effectively and safely treat those with COVID-19 is still anecdotal, many health experts and politicians are confident they will work, without causing too many side …

Malaria breakthrough drugs testing research study

Malaria is an incredibly devastating disease that regularly infects hundreds of millions of people every year, causing hundreds of thousands of deaths. In tropical areas, the disease runs rampant as infected mosquitoes spread the parasite from person to person. The most common preventative measures to curb the spread are mosquito nets and pesticides to keep ...

Gene tweak kills whole population of malaria-carrying mosquitoes in lab

Scientists have killed a whole population of malaria-carrying mosquitoes in their lab by using modified genes that make the killer insects infertile. Researchers at London's Imperial College used "gene drive" technology to spread a genetic modification that blocks female reproduction while letting male mosquitoes continue to spread those altered genes. The results, published Monday in ...