Malaria Thrives on Asymptomatic Infections

School-age children with asymptomatic malaria are a key driver of infections, posing a “hidden risk” to disease control efforts, according to a Lancet Infectious Diseases study published yesterday. 

Asymptomatic children in Uganda were “unknowingly responsible” for the bulk of mosquito infections, according to the study.
Those with symptomatic infections seemed to play a negligible role in sustaining transmission.
The results were “eye opening,” says co-author John Rek. “Some children harbored billions of malaria parasites in their bloodstream without experiencing symptoms.”
The insight presents an opportunity: Focus on interventions targeting infection reservoirs in kids.
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (news release)

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