Leishmaniasis is caused by a parasite that is carried by a female sandfly.
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Each year 50 000 people from 89 countries, in every continent except Antarctica, die from leishmaniasis, an ancient neglected disease.
A prototype of the pills-on-a-coil prototype that delivers medicine while it sits in the gut.
Malvika Verma and Karan Vishwanath
Treating infectious diseases is a huge challenge because patients often fail to take the medicine for the long duration, especially for tuberculosis. Now there's a new device that may help.
Vector control targeting the larval phase of the mosquito’s life cycle can be successful.
Progress against malaria has stalled. There's been an increase in the number of cases reported since 2015.
CDC/ James Gathany
Given the high burden of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa, a partially effective vaccine is considered better than none.
Mosquito nets are often used where malaria is common.
The experience from African experts is vital in the search for new and better ways to control malaria.
Avoiding malaria could be as simple as "ABCD" if the proper care is taken.
Malaria detection campaign in the Bobo-Dioulasso (Burkina-Faso) in collaboration with the Institut de Recherche en Sciences de la Santé.
Malaria is prevalent in developing countries. Epigenetics may be the key to finding its Achilles heel.
Three species of immature mosquito: the common house mosquito, and the malaria vectors An. arabiensis and An. funestus.
Researchers are only beginning to understand the impact of pollution and increased temperatures on the biology of mosquitoes.
Venezuelans demonstrate outside a children’s hospital in Caracas.
New survey of insect-borne disease in Venezuela.
Sub-Saharan Africa bears the burden of the world’s malaria cases.
Blood tests used to diagnose malaria can't detect low levels of the disease causing parasite and are hard to administer. A new portable spit test may provide a better alternative.
Personalised medicine aims to tailor treatment according to each person’s genetic makeup.
Gene sequences can be manipulated to prevent certain diseases and improve public health.
Drones are being used to combat malaria in Zanzibar.
Significant new insights are emerging for the treatment of malaria, and eventually its eradication.
Anopheles stephensi mosquito bites a human to get a blood meal through its pointed proboscis. A droplet of blood is expelled from the abdomen after having engorged itself.
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Researchers are exploring genetic forms of population control called gene drives that spread traits faster that happens naturally. The goal is to curb mosquito-borne diseases like malaria.
View of Taichung City, Taiwan, behind a mosquito net.
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Genetically modified mosquitoes breed fear and suspicion, especially since the research happens behind closed doors, away from the public. Now scientists and architects are trying to change that model.
Bed nets treated with insecticide have been effective in fighting malaria in Africa.
The fight against malaria needs scientific innovation. But community buy-in is just as important.
High magnification view of mosquito pupae and larvae underwater.
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Researchers have tried unsuccessfully for decades to develop a malaria vaccine. Now a new approach, showing promise in mice, suggests it is possible to block mosquitoes from spreading the disease.
A close-up of a female Anopheles arabiensis feeding.
South Africa is piloting a new technique as it drives to eliminate malaria.
Scientists analysing data at the South-South Malaria Research Partnership project laboratory in Kenya.
Progress in malaria control has stalled. Research towards an effective vaccine is underway.
Even without drugs, nets or an understanding of what caused malaria, human bodies were still fighting against the parasite – and winning.
Today, human populations carry heavy genetic marks from the war with malaria. And it is the red blood cell (erythrocyte) that mostly bears the scars.