The world's scientific and social network for malaria professionals
Subscribe to free Newsletter | 11150 malaria professionals are enjoying the free benefits of MalariaWorld today

New link between sickle cell and severe malaria found

January 4, 2022 - 09:40 -- Malaria World

31.12.2021 - SciDev.Net

Malaria parasites may have adapted so that they can cause severe malaria in people with sickle cell disease, a study suggests.

Sickle cell, a group of conditions which can cause red blood cells to become sickle shaped, is become common in Africa because the genes responsible for the disease can help prevent malaria during early childhood, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

However, a study published in the December edition of Nature, found that specific changes in three regions of the malaria parasites’ genome could be responsible for malaria infections in people with sickle cell disease.

Read this article