Researchers have discovered why the parasite that causes the deadliest form of malaria only infects humans. The team recently showed that the interaction between a parasite protein called RH5 and a receptor called basigin was essential for the invasion of red blood cells by the parasite that causes the deadliest form of malaria.
Now, they've discovered that this same interaction is also an important factor in explaining why the parasite seems to be remarkably specific to humans. The research will help guide eradication strategies in regions where malaria is endemic. There are several distinct species of parasite that cause malaria. The malaria parasite species responsible for severe illness and death, Plasmodium falciparum, only infects humans, but is closely related to several species that infect chimpanzees and gorillas. Strangely, these species seem to be very specific - individual species appear to infect only humans, chimpanzees or gorillas, even when these primates live in close proximity. more »
South African scientists are planning to breed up to a million infertile, male mosquitos in a move designed to stem the proliferation of malaria.
Scientists with Novartis, a Basel, Switzerland-based pharmaceutical company, have found a new drug target for treating malaria.
The Federal Government says it has distributed 57.7 million insecticide treated bed nets between 2009 and 2013 as part of efforts to combat Malaria in the country.
In Southern Africa, the malaria season typically begins with the summer rains in November and ends in April. In this region, the co-ordination of malaria control efforts between neighbouring states has dramatically reduced the incidence of malaria.
The once highly successful malaria treatments, chloroquine and sulphadoxine pyrimethamine (SP), are seldom recommended to treat malaria thanks to resistance.
Africa Fighting Malaria director, Jasson Urbach, has written a letter to the editor of The Independent - Uganda, in response to Ellady Muyambi's opinion piece "DDT use not good for Uganda" (05 Jul. 2013).
If environmentalists get their way, one of the key weapons in the fight against malaria will be banned before any real alternative is available, with devastating effects.
Substantial stocks of the insecticide DDT on the ocean floor off Los Angeles have all but vanished.Read more »
A report on corruption involving UK aid money has been watered down and another delayed, Panorama has discovered.
The Ghanaian Foods and Drug Authority (FDA) has issues a warning about the presence of a fake anti-malarial medicine on the Ghanaian market - Quinine Sulphate Tablets (300mg)
Board for Reconstruction of Public Sector Enterprises has asked Hindustan Insecticides Ltd to address the issues pertaining to its obsolete technology and diversification of product portfolio for sustainable growth.
Oxford scientists have developed a novel new malaria vaccine which can protect against the deadly mosquito borne disease.
Half the population of Zimbabwe is at risk of being infected with the third most common illness, malaria, which has wreaked havoc in communal areasRead more »
The quantification of parasite movements can provide valuable information for control strategy planning across all transmission intensities.
Residual Plasmodium falciparum Parasitemia in Kenyan Children After Artemisinin-Combination Therapy Is Associated With Increased Transmission to Mosquitoes and Parasite Recurrence
Parasite clearance time after artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) may be increasing in Asian and African settings. The association between parasite clearance following ACT and transmissibility is currently unknown.
The WHO Malaria Advisory Committee (MALVAC) provides advice to WHO on strategic priorities, activities and technical issues related to global efforts to develop vaccines against malaria.
The frequency of pregnancy-associated malaria is increasingly being documented in American countries.
User-determined end of net life in Senegal: a qualitative assessment of decision-making related to the retirement of expired nets
Procurement and distribution of long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) in the African region has decreased from 145 million in 2010 to 66 million nets in 2012.Read more »