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Open Access | The plasticity of Plasmodium falciparum gametocytaemia in relation to age in Burkina Faso

October 16, 2010 - 08:23 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
Author(s): 
Ouedraogo A, Bousema T, de Vlas SJ, Cuzin-Ouattara N, Verhave J, Drakeley C, Luty AJ, Sauerwein R
Reference: 
Malaria Journal 2010, 9:281 (12 October 2010)

The findings of this study suggest that although gametocytes are most commonly detected in children, the proportion of asexual parasites that is committed to develop into gametocytes may increase with age. These findings underscore the importance of adults for the human infectious reservoir for malaria.

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