Malaria Parasite Persists In Infected Persons’ Bloodstreams At Low Levels For Months During Dry Season, Study Shows
New York Times: A Malaria Mystery, Partly Solved: What Happens When the Rains End?
“…[H]ow does [malaria] persist during the long dry seasons, when almost no one falls ill and there are few mosquitoes to carry the tiny malaria parasite from one human host to another? That mystery has long bedeviled scientists. But a new study in Nature Medicine by researchers from Germany and Mali has provided at least a partial answer: The parasite enacts a genetic change that enables it to hide in an infected person’s bloodstream for months, undetected…” (McNeil, 10/26).