The Walking Infected

In areas ridden with malaria, asymptomatic infections provide a constant, hidden reservoir that helps the malaria parasite maximize its footprint.

In sub-Saharan Africa—home to 90% of malaria cases in 2017—24% of people harbor these covert infections.  

To better understand how asymptomatic malaria contributes to malaria's spread and whether it protects people against symptomatic infections, Duke University alum Kelsey Sumner has been tracking individuals who carry multiple, genetically distinct malaria infections in rural Kenya—where malaria parasite P. falciparum is particularly diverse. 

Duke Research Blog

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