Risk of drug-resistant malaria spreading to Africa

20 octubre 2015

Drug-resistant forms of Plasmodium falciparum, the deadliest species among malaria parasites, are able to infect the type of mosquito that is the main transmitter of malaria in Africa, according to new findings. The discovery suggests Africa — where malaria will cause an estimated 400,000 deaths in 2015 — is more at risk for drug-resistant malaria infections than previously thought, which could further compromise efforts to prevent and eliminate the disease.