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Can Plasmodium's tricks for enhancing its transmission be turned against the parasite? New hopes for vector control

January 14, 2020 - 12:10 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Emami SN, Hajkazemian M, Mozūraitis R
Reference: 
Pathogens and Global Health, 2020 Jan 7:1-11

Approximately 120 years ago the link between mosquito and the malaria transmission was discovered. However, even today it remains an open question whether the parasite is able to direct the blood-seeking and feeding behavior of its mosquito vector to maximize the probability of transmission. If the parasite has this ability, could it occur only through the alteration of the vertebrate host’s volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and/or the parasite alteration of the behavior of the infected vector in a manner that favors its transmission?

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