Plankton vs parasites

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New research using plankton has revealed that not all hosts are equal when it comes to infectious disease spread between and within species. Understanding this host immunity could be key to preventing future pandemics.

While the world has recently been focused on the zoonotic route taken by SARS-CoV-2 to result in the COVID-19 pandemic, invertebrates are one of the most common vectors involved in transmitting diseases. Overall, vector-borne diseases such as malaria account for almost 20% of infectious diseases globally, resulting in over 700,000 deaths each year and significant economic and public health consequences.

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