A male malaria parasite sexual stage becoming active -- a process called exflagellation that happens inside the mosquito stomach. Image: Sabrina Yahiya
Drugs preventing malaria parasites from infecting mosquitos might stop the disease from spreading - health science short news

Stop mosquitos catching malaria, and you stop the spread of the disease. Scientists have adopted this reasoning to develop compounds that prevent malaria parasites from being able to infect mosquitos. After screening tens of thousands of compounds, six have been identified for further testing in animal models, and to determine what these compounds are doing precisely to prevent infection. These compounds are very different from the ones that are currently being used to treat infected people, as they target the mosquito. In the future, the newly identified compounds could be given in addition to the traditional ones to limit the spread of the disease, and to treat the diseased persons.

Read the full story: Imperial College London
Scientific publication: Nature Communications