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World Malaria Day 2020

draw the line against malaria © courtesy of RBM partnershipWorld Malaria Day on 25th April puts the spotlight on an infectious disease that has plagued (excuse the pun) human and animal kind for millennia. In 2019 alone, there were 229 million cases of malaria and just over 400,000 people died from it.  Many organizations are working towards malaria elimination, and a key step towards this is understanding how the malaria parasite works. We have highlighted some recent research articles and reviews that help us understand this terrible disease.

Malaria articles published at BMC

covid maskMalaria and COVID-19: unmasking their ties

How the similarity of malaria and COVID-19 symptoms can lead to misdiagnosis of one disease for the other or overlooking potential co-infections.

New Content ItemFitness characteristics of the malaria vector Anopheles funestus during an attempted laboratory colonization

Poor larval survival, mating success, low fecundity and shorter survival under laboratory conditions all contribute to difficulties in colonizing of An. funestus.

New Content ItemThe top 1%: quantifying the unequal distribution of malaria in Brazil
"There is no canonical path to malaria elimination and a more targeted and dynamic surveillance will be needed if Brazil decides to adopt the elimination target."

Malaria blogs from BugBitten

New Content Item BugBitten is a dedicated blog platform for the  parasitology and vector biology community. It is run by a small group of regular bloggers assisted by guest posts from the community. 

Malaria Screener: Harnessing smartphone technology to automate malaria diagnostics

Is the low incidence of COVID-19 in Africa due to prior infections with Plasmodium falciparum?

A powerful attractant: Malaria parasites lure blood-sucking mosquitoes

Driving malaria replication cycles

Join us for our #talkingmalaria tweetchat

New Content ItemJoin @drbhargavirao at 12 noon BST 24th April 2020 for a discussion on malaria prevention, interventions and eradication.

The tweetchat is hosted jointly by @MSFsci and @malariajournal and will use the hashtag #talkingmalaria