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Publication : Malaria journal

Mosquitoes and transmission of malaria parasites – not just vectors

Scientific Fields
Diseases
Organisms
Applications
Technique

Published in Malaria journal - 08 Nov 2004

Paul RE, Diallo M, Brey PT

Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 15533243

Malar. J. 2004 Nov;3:39

The regional malaria epidemics of the early 1900s provided the basis for much of our current understanding of malaria epidemiology. Colonel Gill, an eminent malariologist of that time, suggested that the explosive nature of the regional epidemics was due to a sudden increased infectiousness of the adult population. His pertinent observations underlying this suggestion have, however, gone unheeded. Here, the literature on Plasmodium seasonal behaviour is reviewed and three historical data sets, concerning seasonal transmission of Plasmodium falciparum, are examined. It is proposed that the dramatic seasonal increase in the density of uninfected mosquito bites results in an increased infectiousness of the human reservoir of infection and, therefore, plays a key role in “kick-starting” malaria parasite transmission.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15533243