New Malaria Strain Difficult to Treat | Health | EnglishPosted: December 12, 2011
Gething is the lead researcher on the Malaria Atlas Project, a new effort to monitor changes in the worldwide prevalence of malaria.
Gething says about 2.8 billion people are at risk from this new variety of malaria, and he adds that the tools for fighting the disease range from ineffectual to non-existent.
“[An] Important fact about vivax is, it is not a large public health problem in Africa, where falciparum is predominant. Vivax is an important problem in those parts of the world where the area is very populous, so it’s a very significant problem, for example, in India, Indonesia, and throughout much of central and south East Asia,” he said.
Experts in the field also note that control measures such as pesticide-coated bed nets are not as effective against the vivax parasites because the mosquitoes that carry them are more likely to bite their victims outside the house than inside.