Monday, 27 May 2019

Researchers found new way to fight and reduce the spread of malaria


IllustrationIllustration - For years, mosquito nets soaked with insecticides have been shown to help reduce malaria infections. But it is undeniable that this also causes resistance to malaria mosquitoes in insecticides. This also encourages the search for alternatives to reduce malaria rates. Even new studies that are conducted might produce good results.

The method might not be a new, but at least the way of apply it is new. Anti-malarial drugs which are usually taken to prevent contracting this disease are now used as soaking ingredients for mosquito nets. The method is the same as using insecticides. Research shows that the drug works on mosquitoes, kills malaria parasites in insects and prevents them from being transmitted.

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Researchers including Flaminia Catteruccia, professor of immunology and infectious diseases at Harvard found that exposing mosquitoes to low-dose anti-malarial drugs called atovaquone or ATQ will kill the parasite. "We tested some anti-malaria, and with ATQ everything worked well. All parasites were killed!" Cartteruccia told AFP by email.

Initially we were looking for ways to sterilize insecticide-resistant female mosquitoes to prevent the spread of resistance. But in fact, this doesn't work well. "We then think if we can attack parasites with non-specific chemicals, why not try killing them more effectively using anti-malaria."


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