P.falciparum var gene diversity and malaria control

Grant number: 7R01AI084156-05 | Funding period: 2014 - 2016



DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The burden of Plasmodium falciparum malaria is enormous with up to a million deaths per annum and billions of infections that persist for many months in the human population. These chronic infections, largely asymptomatic, constitute the reservoir of infection and serve to fuel continued malaria transmission. Traditionally, the reservoir of infection has been measured in population surveys by microscopic visualization of the parasite in blood smears. This method, however, is not sensitive and does not capture within species variation to accurately assess the true reservoir of P. falciparum where individuals in malaria endemic areas carry multiple distinct..

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