A science team have demonstrated that an experimental antiviral drug, designed for use against hepatitis C, can slow down the development of Zika in mice. Further studies will be undertaken to demonstrate the effectiveness in people.
The World health Organization (WHO) is aiming to eliminate malaria from the planet by 2030. The United Nations health agency thinks that this feat is achievable, provided resources are provided by world governments.
Zika virus disease is easily transmitted. However, in the majority of people the disease is asymptomatic — symptoms appear in only one in four people, mostly as a mild fever. To find out why, a new study has been running.
Scientists report that a weakness with the parasite responsible for the cause of malaria has been detected, based on the development of the parasite being based on its ability to extract genetic material.
The virus chikungunya, transmitted by mosquitoes, could lead to a dangerous brain infection. Those at greatest risk are infants and those aged over 65. This is based on a new study into past incidences.
Scientists have used algae to produce a malaria parasite protein. When the algae-produced protein is paired with an immune-boosting cocktail, studies showed generated antibodies in mice were able to eliminate a mosquito infection.
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A newly developed anti-malarial compound can trigger the immune system into rapidly destroying red blood cells infected with the malaria parasite and, at the same time, leave healthy blood cells intact.
Researchers have genetically mapped 16 Anopheles mosquito species. Anopheles mosquitoes transmit human malaria parasites. Scientists are curious to understand why only a few dozen of the 500 different Anopheles species worldwide transmit malaria.
A bacterial infection in two species of Anopheles mosquitoes (called Wolbachia) appears to reduce the incidence of pathogen infections in mosquitoes and has the potential to be used in controlling malaria-transmitting mosquito populations.
Malaria can be mild or deadly. However, there is no way to tell which patients are at risk of developing more dangerous forms of the disease. New research suggests that different proteins affect the seriousness of the disease.
Experts at the University of Florida have warned that a breed of huge mosquitoes are expected to invade areas of Florida in "large numbers" this summer. The mosquitoes which grow 20 times bigger than the common mosquitoes are "notoriously aggressive."