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TIPS ON MALARIA

  • HOW CAN MOSQUITOES BE CONTROLLED?

    Mosquitoes around the home can be reduced significantly by minimizing the amount of standing water available for mosquito breeding. Residents are urged to reduce standing water around the home in a variety of ways.

  • HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF FROM MOSQUITO-BORN DISEASES?

    The best way is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.This can be accomplished using personal protecting  while outdoors when mosquitoes are present. Treated bed nets should be used sleeping. Mosquito repellent should be used when outdoor.

  • WHO ARE AT RISK?


    Nearly half of the world’s population is at risk of getting malaria. Pregnant women are particularly at risk of malaria. Children under 5 years are at high risk of malaria.
     

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MALARIA MOLECULE MAKES BLOOD EXTRA-ALLURING TO MOSQUITOES

 
Malaria parasites seduce mosquitoes on the sly. Plasmodium falciparum parasites produce Ma molecule that makes parasite-infected blood more attractive to malaria-transmitting mosquitoes, researchers report.
 
The  insects  slurp up this enticing meal, helping the parasite  spread to new hosts. “It  is a really  intriguing  glimpse  into  how  Plasmodium  might  have evolved  to  enhance  its  probability  of  transmission,”  says Conor McMeniman, a mosquito researcher at Johns Hopkins University who  wasn't part of the study.
 
Previous research has suggested that mosquitoes might be preferentially drawn to malaria-infected  people,  but  it  was  unclear  what  piqued  their  interest.
 
Biologist  Noushin Emami  of  Stockholm  University and colleagues got an unexpected lead when studying the effect of a molecule called  HMBPP on the immune system of Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes, major spreaders of malaria. P. falciparum releases this molecule into the bloodstream of its hosts.
 
While watching mosquitoes  sip blood from artificial feeders, the researchers “noticed that the mosquitoes ate a lot more from the  blood in this artificial feeding system when the HMBPP was in the blood,” says biologist Ingrid Faye,  also at Stockholm University. “That was the thing that made us think (the molecule) changes (the  mosquito's) behaviour.”
 
Credit: Guardian News  Chukwuma Muanya
 
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