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By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Scientists at the University of Nottingham have made a major breakthrough in discovering how the malaria parasite is able to multiply rapidly in the mosquito gut, and how targeting it at this stage may stop the transmission of the disease.

Malaria life cycle/CDC

The research, funded by the Medical Research Council and led by Rita Tewari, Professor of Parasite Cell Biology in the School of Life Sciences at the University, could pave the way in helping to eradicate the disease.

The study, published in Communications Biology, was a collaborative effort by scientists from the Universities of Leicester, Warwick, Oxford and the Francis Crick Institute in the UK, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia, University of Geneva, Switzerland, University of Leuven, Belgium, Hokkaido University, Japan.

Malaria is still one of the biggest killer infections worldwide, with nearly half a million people dying of the disease last year – particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. The disease is caused by a single-celled parasite called Plasmodium, which is transmitted between people by the female Anopheles mosquito when they bite to take blood.

Read more at University of Nottingham