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August 19, 2022
In recognition of World Mosquito Day on Saturday, Aug. 20, NIAID interviewed grantee Courtney Murdock, Ph.D., of Cornell University to learn more about her team’s research on the relationship between the environment and mosquito-borne diseases. Read how monitoring temperature, humidity – and the need for more data – will affect whether scientists can make a significant public health impact for diseases like malaria, dengue and Zika.
October 29, 2021
Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite that causes malaria, creates a significant burden of morbidity and mortality around the world. In pregnant women, P falciparum- infected red blood cells (iRBCs) collect in vascular spaces of the placenta by binding to chondroitin sulfate A (CSA). This sequestration of iRBCs can result in inflammatory responses, which can lead to many adverse pregnancy outcomes such as severe maternal anemia, fetal growth retardation, premature delivery, maternal and/or perinatal mortality.
August 20, 2021
World Mosquito Day, recognized each year on August 20, marks the anniversary of the discovery that mosquitoes transmit the parasite that causes malaria. Today, more than 120 years later, mosquito-borne diseases are still both widespread and difficult to treat.
August 20, 2021
On World Mosquito Day, two NIAID scientists describe their research.
August 28, 2020
NIAID researchers and their colleagues have developed the first detailed “atlas” of the insect’s immune cells, and discovered a new cell type that may play a role in helping mosquitoes resist infection by malaria-causing parasites. The information contained in this immune atlas may lead to new ways to prevent mosquitoes from transmitting malaria parasites to people.
June 12, 2020
A vaccine developed to protect broadly against Mosquito-borne diseases appears safe in Phase 1 of a NIAID trial.
April 24, 2020
Today NIAID marks World Malaria Day, acknowledging the profound impact of this ancient, mosquito-borne parasitic disease, which in 2018 sickened 228 million people and killed approximately 405,000 worldwide.
March 17, 2020
Malaria remains a serious problem in sub-Saharan Africa, with young children and pregnant women at highest risk for sickness and death. Infection during pregnancy can affect the health of both the mother and fetus, causing problems such as severe anemia in the mother, pregnancy loss, premature birth, and low birthweight infants. To reduce the risk of malaria infection during pregnancy, women receive preventative drug treatments at their prenatal healthcare visits.
February 05, 2020
Somewhere in the genome of Plasmodium falciparum—the microscopic parasite that causes malaria—are instructions for biological machinery that can help this protozoan pest elude the human immune system for years after infection. In a new NIAID Video SNiP, researchers explain their efforts to track down the genetic source of Plasmodium’s stealth.