Curing Mosquitoes, Eliminating Malaria (Emerging Pathogens Institute)

Curing Mosquitoes, Eliminating Malaria

A new study authored by UF Emerging Pathogens Institute (EPI) researcher Rhoel Dinglasan, Ph.D., and colleagues, twists the narrative in the fight against malaria by treating mosquitoes. His team showed that feeding a known antimalarial drug — intended for humans — to infected Anopheles mosquitoes rendered them unable to transmit malaria parasites to new hosts.

“Malaria control has hit an asymptote,” says EPI researcher Rhoel Dinglasan, Ph.D., a UF preeminence faculty scholar. “We can’t seem to get more reductions in malaria prevalence, because all our tools have reached the limit of their efficacy.” 

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