Heal the skeeters

Published May 6, 2020

Instead of try­ing to vac­ci­nate the human pop­u­la­tion against malar­ia, what if you could pre­vent the mos­qui­toes from get­ting it?

British researchers in Kenya found a microbe, Microsporidia MB, that pre­vents infect­ed mos­qui­toes from car­ry­ing the malar­ia virus 100 per­cent of the time.

“The microbe can be passed between adult mos­qui­toes and is also passed from the female to her off­spring,” so if they can infect at least 40 per­cent of mos­qui­toes in a region, they could make “a sig­nif­i­cant dent in malaria.”

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