Researchers have discovered two genetic markers in Plasmodium falciparum that can cause it to develop resistance against a new antimalarial drug.
Focusing malaria control on hindering its transmission could lead to less virulent infections.
Scientists fear a repeat of the global malaria resurgence after drug-resistant parasites emerged in Southeast Asia from the 1950s to the 1970s.
Plasmodium falciparum not only hides from the body's immune defenses, it employs an active strategy to deceive the immune system.
If Zambia were to eliminate malaria, it would be one of the first countries in Africa to do so, and the only country in sub-Saharan Africa.
Malaria’s complexity stems in part from the two organisms that conspire to transmit the disease - the Plasmodium parasite and the mosquitoes that transport them to their hosts.
Progress in the global fight against malaria has stalled amid flatlining funding and complacency that the disease is less of a threat.
Researchers saw evidence of a new malaria species in bonobos, but it was limited to one small area of their range.
Arificial intelligence powered microscopes could speed up diagnosis and standardize detection of malaria.
Researchers are working with the governments of Peru and Ecuador and using NASA satellite information on ground conditions to forecast where and when malaria will emerge.