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Researchers Move Closer To Eliminating Dangerous Mosquitoes Through Biological Warfare | Mosquito Control New Jersey

Filed under: Mosquito Control New Jersey — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 8:06 am March 3, 2017

Researchers Move Closer To Eliminating Dangerous Mosquitoes Through Biological Warfare | Mosquito Control New Jersey

A little over a week ago a team of researchers tasked with developing a vaccine for malaria have doubly succeeded. One of the two vaccines was one hundred percent effective, which is better news than the team of researchers were expecting. An American based biotech firm is responsible for developing the vaccines.

The vaccines work by kickstarting the immune system into protecting the human body from malaria. This is accomplished by exposing malaria infected patients to sporozoites. Sporozoites are spores that mark the first stage of malaria. These spores are injected straight into an organism by mosquito carriers. Both of the successful vaccines attack Plasmodium falciparum, which is the most deadly form of malaria.

According to an expert on tropical diseases, Stephen Hoffman, neither one of the two vaccines are anywhere close to hospital use. Although it is promising to see one hundred percent of malaria subjects survive several weeks longer than expected, sixty six percent of those in the treatment group became reinfected after six months of becoming malaria free. And ninety three percent of participants in the placebo group reacquired the disease.

Perhaps the vaccines have not yet been perfected, but Hoffman is still hopeful that one day an effective vaccine will be developed. In support of this hopeful prediction, Hoffman noted that the recent vaccine trials resulted in the most successful human trials ever conducted in malaria ravaged Africa.

Hoffman, in a fit of excitement over the thought of being the one to eradicate malaria, is already planning vaccination programs all over the world, especially in the most heavily affected regions around the world, including Burkina Faso, Mali, and Tanzania. Hoffmans final wish is to vaccinate an entire population in one single geographic region with the hopes that by doing so the transmission of the malaria causing parasite could come to a complete halt.

Have you ever traveled to an area of the word that was at risk for malaria infections?