Malaria's Most Deadly Form Peaks at Much Lower Temperatures Than Thought

Some encouraging, if brief, news regarding the potential spread and greater impact that malaria might have as the planet warms: New research from the USGS shows that the most deadly type of malaria, and the most common strain found in Africa, has a much lower temperature for optimal transmission than previously thought.

The research, published in Ecology Letters, shows that peak transmission of the Plasmodium falciparum parasite is at 77°F, and declines rapidly above 82°F. Previously it was thought that peak transmission occurred up to 88°F.

Though malaria is still a devastating disease, this new research, combined with previous research showing that human efforts to stop malaria are proceeding more rapidly than malaria is spreading.

Malaria's Most Deadly Form Peaks at Much Lower Temperatures Than Thought
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