A Kenyan-British team of scientists has discovered a microbe to stop malaria transmission

Scientists in Kenya have discovered a novel method with significant potential to completely stop mosquitos from transmitting the parasites which cause malaria in humans.
The team of scientists mostly from Kenya and the UK plus one from South Africa have been studying mosquitoes on the shores of Lake Victoria in Kenya and discovered that Microsporidia MB, a microorganism that lives in a mosquito’s gut and reproductive tract completely protects the mosquito from being infected with plasmodium the parasite that causes malaria.

Microsporidia are fungi, or at least closely related to them. Like plasmodium, which are protozoans they are also known to live inside mosquitoes as parasites. Mosquitoes inject their saliva into the skin during blood feeding to facilitate blood-feeding. Their saliva sometimes contains plasmodium which is usually injected together with their saliva resulting in malaria transmission. According to the study, the Microsporidia MB reduces the establishment of the Plasmodium falciparum parasite in the guts of the mosquitoes and impairs the colonization of the salivary glands by the parasite.
Scientists believe this makes the Microsporidia MB a realistic candidate as an eco-friendly and sustainable strategy to replace harmful mosquito population with harmless ones and to help with prospects for malaria control. The hope is that by infecting mosquitoes in a region with Microsporidia they will no longer be able to infect humans with malaria parasites.
This strategy has been demonstrated before in a city in northern Australia where mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia, a bacterium was deployed on a large scale and effectively used to stop all outbreaks of dengue fever for more than four years.
Last month, World Health Organization reported that progress in the fight against malaria, which kills 400,000 people annually, had stalled as both the parasite and mosquitoes are showing increasing resistance to treatments.

I thought, they were researching for a Korona cure.

This is great work.

corona is here to stay. a vaccine needs 10-15 years of development.

Not all types of viruses. Also, this is not 1970.
Two years and under is possible.

Two years under the current circumstances is like two decades. The world may be completely devastated.

Great work, especially from our Kenyan scientists.
We now need more State funded research by local scientists and experts on all aspects, be it manufacturing, medicine and technology

Hata Kama hazina malaria. They’ll still be annoying :mad:

Bill Gates atatunasa 2021.