Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Transmission of Infectious Parasites Slows with Rising Temperatures, Researchers Find

So says a commentary in Nature on an article in Biology Letters*. This result is from a study with rodent malaria rather than human malaria. If this extends to human malaria it could be another factor explaining why we don't find a positive relationship between temperature and malaria.** Our assumption has been that interventions have been successful in overcoming the tendency to more malaria in warmer climates. But maybe that tendency is not so strong in the first place.

* Link to letter in Biology Letters from Nature is broken and I can't find it on their website.
** My coauthor, Simon Hay, is quoted in the Nature piece.

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