Studies make progress in fight against malaria

A new way to help control the spread of malaria has been found by researchers, while a separate study has developed a new malaria vaccine.

A team from the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Kenya, and the University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research, UK, has discovered a microbe that completely protects mosquitoes from being infected with malaria.

Scientists are now investigating strategies for increasing the number of infected mosquitoes to make a significant dent in malaria.

Meanwhile scientists at Brown University, USA, have developed a new malaria vaccine, using an antibody to a particular malaria protein that appears to protect resistant children from severe disease.

The preliminary results show protection against a lethal malaria parasite in tests with monkeys.

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