HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Key to tackling malaria may lie in bed nets for adults and older children

fectious mosquito. After a brief sojourn in the liver, it grows and reproduces very rapidly in the blood, leading to symptoms including fever, anaemia and even death. The parasites can be retransmitted to another mosquito if it feeds on an infected person.

The researchers showed that use of the nets can greatly reduce the number of mosquitoes that survive repeated encounters with protected humans. Also, by preventing the mosquitoes feeding on humans, the nets can divert them to feed on other mammals which do not host the malaria parasite, reducing the number of humans bitten and of mosquitoes carrying the parasite.

Dr Killeen and colleagues acknowledge that the financial implications of promoting net use by all age groups across malaria-endemic Africa will be significant, in the order of the total investments in health care in Africa excluding HIV.

"Fully subsidising enough nets to achieve 50% coverage would cost at least $1 billion, with ongoing recurrent costs of a similar magnitude," he says. "While we need to maximize subsidies for expanded target groups, we also need to ensure those receiving little or no subsidy can buy this essential public health commodity if they wish to."

Dr Killeen is keen to stress his support for the existing personal protection targets for vulnerable groups specified by the Millennium Development Goals and Roll Back Malaria: "The targets of the existing programmes are very worthy in themselves and we remain fully supportive of their continued prioritisation. We need to cover as many young children and pregnant women as possible without forgetting that even partial coverage of entire communities can provides greater and more equitable protection to everyone.

Co-author Patrick Kachur from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention emphasizes that this is an achievable goal: A number of African countries are making progress towards the existing targets and should be supported to at
'"/>

Contact: Craig Brierley
c.brierley@wellcome.ac.uk
44-207-611-7329
Wellcome Trust
2-Jul-2007


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Leicester researcher to lead global team tackling carbon time-bomb
2. Novel approaches to tackling obesity, cancer and MRSA
3. Transgenic goats milk offers hope for tackling childrens intestinal disease
4. Gene discovery opens door to tackling disease
5. Edible fish feasts beats malaria
6. Identified mechanism in the malaria parasite to help it adapt to infected individuals
7. CRESIB coordinates an international consortium to fight malaria caused by Plasmodium vivax
8. Largest synthetic gene ever built offers insights into anti-malarial drug resistance
9. MIT-led team uncovers malaria mechanism
10. Vaccine hope for malaria
11. Antibody-based therapies effective at controlling malaria

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:5/16/2017)... TEANECK, N.J. , May 16, 2017  Veratad ... leading provider of online age and identity verification solutions, ... the K(NO)W Identity Conference 2017, May 15 thru May ... Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center. ... across the globe and in today,s quickly evolving digital ...
(Date:5/6/2017)... , May 5, 2017 RAM ... announced a new breakthrough in biometric authentication based ... quantum mechanical properties to perform biometric authentication. These new ... semiconductor material created by Ram Group and its ... entertainment, transportation, supply chains and security. Ram Group ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... 2017 The global military biometrics ... marked by the presence of several large global players. ... five major players - 3M Cogent, NEC Corporation, M2SYS ... nearly 61% of the global military biometric market in ... global military biometrics market boast global presence, which has ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/10/2017)... ... October 10, 2017 , ... ... antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) therapeutics, today confirmed licensing rights that give it exclusive ... a technology developed in collaboration with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... CRUZ, Calif. , Oct. 10, 2017 ... grant from the NIH to develop RealSeq®-SC (Single Cell), ... kit for profiling small RNAs (including microRNAs) from single ... Analysis Program highlights the need to accelerate development of ... "New techniques for measuring ...
(Date:10/9/2017)... ... October 09, 2017 , ... The award-winning American Farmer television series ... 2018. American Farmer airs Tuesdays at 8:30aET on RFD-TV. , With global population ... challenge of how to continue to feed a growing nation. At the same time, ...
(Date:10/7/2017)... , ... October 06, 2017 ... ... experience providing advanced instruments and applications consulting for microscopy and surface analysis, ... in application consulting, Nanoscience Analytical offers a broad range of contract analysis ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: