In this interview we speak to Jonathan Kurtis (Brown University, RI, USA) about the discovery of a parasite protein that provides new insights into how malaria regulates infection levels within its host, along with new possibilities for a broadly effective vaccine and a new class of antimalarial drugs.
The WHO has published 2019’s World Malaria Report, providing an update on global trends and highlighting pregnant women and children as particularly at-risk groups.
Scientists believe they have uncovered how Plasmodium falciparum jumped hosts 50,000 years ago; from gorillas to humans. The study demonstrates a novel understanding of how pathogens can jump between species.
What impact will climate change have on vector-borne diseases? Discover more about rapid environmental and climate changes and the the distribution of vector-borne diseases in future.
A report published by The Lancet Commission has suggested that malaria eradication can be achieved as early as 2050.
Take a look behind the scenes of a recent Future Microbiology editorial, entitled ‘Tick-borne diseases on the rise: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’, as we ask the author about the increasing prevalence of these diseases and what can be done to prevent them.
Research suggests that in the UK, new cases of tick-borne Lyme disease could be three-times higher than previous estimates, possibly exceeding 8000 cases in 2019.
In this interview we speak to Daniella Lefteri about her research on modulating arbovirus infection by targeting mosquito saliva, and what avenues this could present for new antiviral treatments.
New research has assessed a genetically engineered fungus for the control of malaria mosquitoes in the first semi-field trial, demonstrating that populations were reduced by more than 99%.
A review of Venezuela’s current crisis has given cause for concern, highlighting the increased rate of re-emergence and spread of vector-borne diseases such as malaria, Chagas disease, dengue and Zika virus.