Malaria kills hundreds of thousands every year and infects millions more. Yet, elimination of the disease is possible. In fact, it’s been achieved in 62 countries since 1960. So what stands in the way of a world without malaria? Read more…
A recent study in PLOS Pathogens investigates how Epstein-Barr virus and malaria co-infection may create a lethal combination if the timing is right.
April 25 was World Malaria Day. Each year, it gives us a chance to reflect on where we stand in the on-going struggle to control this deadly disease. This year is no exception, and in fact, provides even more reason for measuring progress.
2015 Malaria Resistance Issue
People always gripe about how scientists waste time studying useless, obscure topics. I’ve spent my career studying the species Anopheles gambiae, whose name literally means “useless” in Greek. But it also happens to be the deadliest animal in the world: its other name is the African malaria mosquito. It may be a useless pest, but understanding it is critical to fighting malaria.
2015 is a significant year in the global battle against malaria. Three new public health insecticides will go into full development after 10 years of research and development. These are the first new antimalarial insecticides in over 30 years and they will make a major difference to the lives of millions of people.
The malaria parasite – and in particular, Plasmodium falciparum, the most deadly species – has been able to evolve resistance to several medications frequently used to treat the disease. While strains resistant to one form of treatment or another are now widespread, scientists have noted that the Mekong Region has frequently been the source of these new, drug-resistant strains.