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Asymptomatic malaria ‘super-spreaders’ regularly infect mosquitoes

Researchers found that a small number of infected, asymptomatic school-aged children in an area of eastern Ugandan are responsible for the majority of remaining malaria circulating in local mosquitoes.

The so-called “super spreaders” complicate long-term efforts to eliminate malaria, according to a press release about the findings.

“The existence of asymptomatic malaria infections is well known, but it was surprising to see just how much they can contribute to infecting mosquitoes”.

School-aged children are an “accessible reservoir” of infection because most of them are in school, meaning they can be more easily targeted for interventions, like malaria prophylactic medicine.

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