Researchers from University of Oxford created a new malaria map that they claim is the first to identify where a parasite known as Plasmodium vivax has a firm foothold on a global scale. Plasmodium vivax causes a deadly form of malaria. Large swaths were found in South Asia and parts of Latin America.
“This map helps us understand just how difficult it is going to be to eradicate malaria,” said Peter Gething, PhD, who led the University of Oxford’s Malaria Atlas Project (MAP) team that produced the study of vivax burden. “It shows that in substantial parts of the world, vivax malaria is endemic and transmission is significant. Unfortunately, the tools for fighting this type of malaria range from ineffective to non-existent.”
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