Thursday, July 14, 2011

Germlines #2: Water, Mountains, and Malaria, Oh My!

This time on The Germlines I cover land topography, the flow of water through the landscape and the occurrence of malaria in the western Kenyan highlands. The basis for the discussion is a paper published in the open access journal, Malaria Journal.


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6 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing such relevant topic with us. I really love all the great stuff you provide. Thanks again and keep it coming.

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  2. Thank you very much. I'm happy to hear that you enjoy the material at the blog! I hope you'll keep coming back.
    -Mike

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  3. I was wondering whether there is a difference in prevalence of the Plasmodium parasite not only in terms of the wetness index but the nature of the water body as well. Are salt water springs as effective breeding grounds as seasonal rivers or areas of stagnant surface water ?

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  4. Claire, I think it's been found that the mosquitoes carrying plasmodium vivax, the parasite responsible for the less virulent form of malaria, can thrive in salt water. Whether this is true for plasmodium malariae, I'm not sure, but I suspect that the answer is yes.

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  5. So it seems that there is a different vector in salt water, An. litoralis. Unfortunately there is only an abstract available for this on pubmed
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=plasmodium%20malariae%20and%20salt%20water

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