Scientists identify microbe that stops mosquitoes catching or spreading malaria
The malaria-blocking bug, Microsporidia MB, was found by University of Glasgow scientists in the gut and genitals of mosquitoes living on the shores of Lake Victoria in Kenya. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Africa: Could Kenyan Research Point Towards Malaria Breakthrough?
[allAfrica] Washington, DC -Today the open-access journal Nature published results of a promising study on a potential way to block the malaria parasite from infecting mosquitoes that transmit malaria through a naturally occurring microbe. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - May 4, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Researchers discover microbe that could control spread of malaria
A microbe found in mosquitoes that appears to block malaria could be used to control spread of the disease in humans, according to researchers in Kenya and Britain. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Africa: Icipe Scientists Discover Malaria Transmission-Blocking Microbe in Mosquitoes
[Icipe] Nairobi -Researchers from the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology ( icipe ) and the University of Glasgow, UK, have identified a microbe in malaria mosquitoes that is capable of blocking transmission of the disease from the insects to people. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - May 4, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Malaria 'completely stopped' by microbe
Scientists say the microbe - found in the wild near Lake Victoria - has enormous potential. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - May 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rwanda: Country Records 60% Reduction in Malaria Deaths
[New Times] A combination of hands-on preventive measures like spraying the most at risk homes, distribution of treated mosquito nets and deployment of community health workers have played a significant role in reducing the country's malaria deaths by 60 percent; The New Times learnt this week. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 4, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Malaria risk is highest in early evening, study finds
(Penn State) Wide-scale use of insecticide-treated bed nets has led to substantial declines in global incidences of malaria in recent years. As a result, mosquitos have been shifting their biting times to earlier in the evening and later in the morning. In a new study, an international team of researchers has found that mosquitoes are most likely to transmit malaria in the early evening, when people are exposed, then at midnight, when people are protected by bed nets, or in the morning. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 4, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

FDA Allows For ‘Emergency Use’ of Remdesivir, Experimental Coronavirus Drug
(WASHINGTON) — U.S. regulators on Friday allowed emergency use of an experimental drug that appears to help some coronavirus patients recover faster. It is the first drug shown to help fight COVID-19, which has killed more than 230,000 people worldwide. The Food and Drug Administration acted after preliminary results from a government-sponsored study showed that Gilead Sciences’ remdesivir shortened the time to recovery by 31%, or about four days on average, for hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Read more: Remdesivir Shows Promising Results as a Coronavirus Treatment, According to Drug Manufacturer Gilead The st...
Source: TIME: Health - May 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 News Desk wire Source Type: news

Demand for coronavirus tests raises concerns over HIV and malaria
Some firms shifting production away from malaria, HIV and TB, which kill millionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageGovernments were caught out when Covid-19 hit, having overlooked the need to be able to test for new diseases because they were focused on drugs and vaccines for those they already knew about.Now there are fears that the rush to supply wealthier countries pressing for more tests may destabilise the fight against HIV, malaria and tuberculosis, illnesses that kill millions, mostly in low- and middle-income countries.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 1, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Tags: Coronavirus outbreak Medical research Aids and HIV Malaria Tuberculosis Health Science World news Source Type: news

Potential Impact of the COVID-19 Epidemic on HIV, TB and Malaria in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Report 19
Source: Imperial College London. Published: 5/1/2020. This 29-page report aims to quantify the extent to which disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in services for HIV, TB, and malaria in high burden low- and middle-income countries could lead to additional loss of life. In high burden settings, HIV, TB, and malaria related deaths over five years may be increased by up to 10 percent, 20 percent, and 36 percent, respectively, compared to if there were no COVID-19 epidemic. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Potential Public Health Impact of COVID-19 on Malaria in Africa: Report 18
Source: Imperial College London. Published: 5/1/2020. The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to have wide-reaching implications for malaria and its control. This nine-page report attempts to quantify the direct impact that the spread of COVID-19 will have on Plasmodium falciparum malaria morbidity and mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa using mathematical models of COVID-19 and malaria. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

More Evidence That Trump-Touted Drugs Won't Curb COVID-19
THURSDAY, April 30, 2020 -- Another study casts doubt on the malaria drugs touted by President Donald Trump as potential game-changers against COVID-19. The drugs, chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, are also used for lupus and rheumatoid... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 30, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Nigeria: World Malaria Day - Organisation Urges Countries to Act During 'Window of Opportunity' to Save Lives
[This Day] Ahead of World Malaria Day billed for April 25, the global platform for coordinated action against malaria, the RBM Partnership to End Malaria, is calling on countries to act now to save almost 400,000 additional lives from malaria as the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 30, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: WHO Chief Warns of Malaria Spike in Africa
[VOA] The World Health Organization (WHO) chief warned Wednesday that border closures and trade disruptions due to COVID-19 precautions could cause malaria deaths in sub-Saharan Africa to double. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 30, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

UBC discovery opens new avenues for designing drugs to combat drug-resistant malaria
(University of British Columbia) For the first time, UBC researchers have shown a key difference in the three-dimensional structures of a key metabolic enzyme in the parasite that causes malaria compared to its human counterpart. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 30, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New clinical review casts doubt on use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19
(Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) In its May issue, The FASEB Journal is publishing a comprehensive review on the science and clinical experiences with the drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, first introduced as effective weapons against malaria, rheumatoid arthritis, and the autoimmune disease lupus. Recent anecdotal reports suggested these drugs might be effective against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the cause of the COVID-19 pandemic. This new review describes the growing skepticism regarding adoption of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine for the respiratory infection caused by this virus. (Sour...
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 30, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Plan to use malaria drug in Mumbai slums temporarily shelved
Authorities in Mumbai have temporarily shelved a plan to give the much-touted but largely untested anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine to thousands of people living in the city’s crowded slums (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Interest in Unproven Drugs Follows Trump Thumbs Up
Researchers examined Google search patterns following President Donald Trump's public embrace of the malaria medications hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine as treatments for COVID-19. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - April 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Google searches for malaria drug spiked after Trump, Musk endorsements
Google search activity for the malaria drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine increased 442 percent and 1,389 percent following high-profile claims that the malaria drugs were effective against COVID-19. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Africa: Malaria Consortium Calls for Sustained Investment in Malaria Vaccine Development
[Malaria Consortium] This World Immunisation Week, Malaria Consortium is delighted to announce the publication of a timely opinion paper on a key global health priority - vaccination. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 29, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Health Officials Panic Over Hwange Surge in Malaria Cases
[New Zimbabwe] Health officials in Hwange have activated surveillance systems after the district has recorded a worrying surge in malaria cases this April. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 29, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New evidence for optimizing malaria treatment in pregnant women
(Infectious Diseases Data Observatory) The research, published today in The Lancet Infectious Diseases is the fruit of joint project between investigators from around the world to conduct the largest individual patient data meta-analysis to date under the WWARN umbrella. The study found that artemether-lumefantrine (AL) and other artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) were significantly more effective than quinine, the current recommended treatment. Authors urgently call for further investigation into dose optimization for pregnant women to ensure the highest possible treatment success. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infec...
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 29, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

A step closer to eradicating malaria
(UT Southwestern Medical Center) Strategies that treat households in the broad vicinity of a recent malaria case with anti-malarial drugs, insecticides, or both could significantly reduce malaria in low-transmission settings. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 29, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New evidence for optimizing malaria treatment in pregnant women
(The Institute of Medical Science, The University of Tokyo) The research, published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases is the fruit of joint project between investigators from around the world to conduct the largest individual patient data meta-analysis to date under The WorldWide Antimalarial Resistance Network (WWARN) umbrella. The study found that artemether-lumefantrine (AL) and other artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) were significantly more effective than quinine, the current recommended treatment. Authors urgently call for further investigation into dose optimization for pregnant women to ensure the highe...
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 29, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Ghana: 54 People Died From Malaria Between January-March
[Ghanaian Times] At least 54 deaths from malaria have been recorded between January and March this year as the country battles with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 28, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: Groups Donate Malaria Drugs to Bwari PHC
[Daily Trust] The Nigeria Humanitarian Action (NIHA), in partnership with Tradomed Pharmaceuticals, has donated 1,200 packs of malaria drugs to Dutsen Makaranta Primary Health Care Centre in Bwari Area Council, FCT. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 28, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: New Animated Film Outlines the Threat of Malaria in Pregnancy – and How to Combat It
[Malaria Consortium] Malaria Consortium is delighted to announce the publication of a brand new animated film on malaria in pregnancy. The film highlights the dangers of malaria in pregnancy, and what needs to be done to protect pregnant women from the disease in malaria-endemic countries. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 28, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: Let Us Not Ease On the Fight Against Malaria
[Nation] Currently, the world is largely embroiled in one of the greatest health emergencies of our times -- Covid-19, an emergency that has so far caused immense disruption and suffering. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 28, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Africa: Pregnancy, Malaria and Coronavirus a 'Perfect Storm' for Preventable Deaths
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Johanneburg -Experts warn that the health of pregnant women exposed to both malaria and coronavirus could be 'tipped over the edge' (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - April 28, 2020 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Africa: World Malaria Day Overshadowed By Coronavirus Pandemic
[RFI] Global leaders have marked World Malaria Day on Saturday 25 April amid fears that focus on the coronavirus pandemic could roll back progress on the mosquito-borne disease, notably in Africa. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 28, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nigeria: As Nigeria Grapples With COVID-19, Stakeholders Solicit for Sustained Delivery of Malaria Services
[WHO] Abuja -"During public health crisis like the one we currently face with COVID-19, it is easy to forget what a huge threat malaria remains for all of us, especially the poorest and most vulnerable like our children and pregnant women. This is the reason we must not allow the giant strides made in reducing the burden of malaria in our community and nation at large to slide, even in the face of this pandemic", says Alhaji Aliko Dangote, the national ambassador for the elimination of malaria in Nigeria. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 28, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Kenya: Malaria Vaccine Pilot One Year On - New Vaccine Could Boost Kenya's Malaria Fight
[WHO] Nairobi -Oblivious to the auspicious occasion, a bundle of children winced and gasped as they received their vaccinations. But in that moment, as they clung even tighter to their mothers, they became Kenya's first children to receive the malaria vaccine through a historic pilot introduction programme initiated in Africa one year ago. Today, on this World Malaria Day, about 82 000[1] Kenyan children in pilot areas have received their first dose of the vaccine and are benefiting from the added protection against mala (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 28, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Angola: Angola Records Sharp Drop in Malaria
[ANGOP] Luanda -Angolan Health minister S ílvia Lutucuta said Sunday in Luanda that malaria infection in the country has significantly dropped, in what she described as a ?historical decrease rate?, compared to the past three years. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 27, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe COVID-19 Focus Leaves Malaria Unmarked
[East African] Already scarred by the worst food crisis in decades and a potentially devastating coronavirus pandemic, Zimbabwe is now facing a deadly malaria outbreak that is adding pressure to the country's strained healthcare system. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 27, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Study claims hydroxychloroquine doesn't work against coronavirus, but it intentionally left out zinc
(Natural News) A new study claims that the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, which was touted by President Donald Trump as an effective remedy for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), does not work as claimed. But there is just one problem: The study intentionally left out zinc, which is supposed to go along with it. Funded with grants... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Africa: WHO - Watch Out for More Malaria Deaths in Africa
[East African] Malaria deaths in sub-Saharan Africa could double this year due to disruptions in malaria treatment and prevention services during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, according to new modelling released by the World Health Organisation (WHO). (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 27, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Angola: Malaria Claims 139 Lives in First Quarter in Malanje
[ANGOP] Malanje -At least 139 people, among children and adults, died during the first quarter of this year in the northern Malanje province, victims of malaria, an increase of 20 compared to the same period in 2019, said Saturday, here, the provincial supervisor of the Program to Fight the Disease, Luis Demba. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 27, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Liberia: 6000 Household Targeted for Malaria & COVID-19 Awareness
[New Dawn] --Say Liberia Malaria Control Program Director (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 27, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Kenya: Mosquitoes Are Not on Quarantine, Govt Says as It Warns of Malaria
[Capital FM] Nairobi -A day after the World marked the Malaria Day, the government has urged Kenyans to be vigilant to avoid being infected by the disease following heavy rains in various parts of the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 27, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Unique Namibian trial finds smart interventions reduce malaria transmission by 75%
(University of the Witwatersrand) A trial by scientists at the Wits Research Institute for Malaria (WRIM), in collaboration with Namibian, UK, and US researchers demonstrates how mass drug administration and vector control can help eliminate malaria. A vector refers to an organism that transmits infection, as mosquitos infected with parasites transmit malaria to people. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 27, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

U.S. states build stockpiles of malaria drug touted by Trump
State and local governments have obtained about 30 million doses of the drug. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Spain reports lowest daily death toll in 5 weeks
Pope Francis is stressing efforts to combat malaria must continue even as the world fights COVID-19 (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Cameroon: COVID-19 Frightens Malaria Patients
[VOA] A song urging Cameroonians not to relent in the fight against malaria blasted through speakers Saturday -- World Malaria Day -- at road junctions and popular neighborhoods, as well as from publicity vans driving through Cameroon's capital, Yaounde. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - April 26, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Prescriptions for two malaria drugs surged after Trump's praise as COVID-19 treatment: NYT
Prescriptions for two malaria drugs surged by more than 46 times on the day that U.S. President Donald Trump touted his opinion about their effectiveness in the coronavirus fight during a March briefing, the New York Times reported on Saturday. https://nyti.ms/2S9W1D3 (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Trump says disinfectant comments were "sarcastic"
President Trump gave an unusually short coronavirus task force briefing on Friday, walking out after less than half an hour. Earlier in the day, Mr. Trump walked back his Thursday suggestion that people could inject disinfectant to fight the coronavirus, a claim that horrified medical experts and he now says was only "sarcastic." The FDA also issued warnings on hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug Mr. Trump has previously touted as a treatment. Nikole Killion reports on the latest from the White House. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - April 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

F.D.A. Warns of Heart Problems From Malaria Drugs Used for Coronavirus
The drugs, hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, have been repeatedly promoted by President Trump. But they should be used only in clinical trials or hospitals, the agency said. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - April 25, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Denise Grady Tags: Hydroxychloroquine (Drug) Food and Drug Administration National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Azithromycin (Drug) Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Trump, Donald J Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority Nature Medicine ( Source Type: news

FDA warns of heart risks with Trump-promoted malaria drug
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning doctors against prescribing a malaria drug touted by President Donald Trump for treating the new coronavirus except in hospitals or research studies (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

FDA Warns Against Malaria Drugs to Treat COVID-19
Studies have shown that the drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine may trigger potentially fatal heart rhythm problems in COVID-19 patients. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - April 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Science Saturday: Antimalarials, COVID-19, cardiac arrest
Over the last few weeks, chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine have become household words. These antiparasitic drugs normally prescribed for malaria were introduced early in the rush to find potential treatments for COVID-19. As time goes on, the public discussion has centered on who should get these particular drugs and when. Meanwhile many doctors and medical researchers [...] (Source: Mayo Clinic Research News)
Source: Mayo Clinic Research News - April 25, 2020 Category: Research Source Type: news

Brazilian chloroquine study halted after high dose proved lethal for some patients
Termination comes as the journal Nature raises alarm on serious heart risks associated with Covid-19 patients taking the drugsCoronavirus – live US updatesLive global updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA Brazilian study investigating whether the anti-malaria drug chloroquine was effective in treating patients with Covid-19 has been halted on safety concerns, after a high dose of the drug proved lethal for some patients.Chloroquine, and a related drug, hydroxychloroquine, in combination with the antibiotic azithromycin, has been touted as a potential treatment for coronavirus by Donald Trump despite a lack of evid...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 24, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Jessica Glenza Tags: Brazil Coronavirus outbreak Americas World news Infectious diseases Medical research Science Source Type: news