Drug-resistant malaria parasites, which have so far emerged only in Southeast Asia, can infect species of mosquitoes found in Africa, according to a new study. If the drug-resistant parasites spread to the African mosquito species it could potentially damage global efforts to eradicate malaria, according to the authors. However further research is required to determine if the African mosquitoes can effectively transmit the malaria parasite to humans.

Original research paper published in Nature Communications on October 20, 2015.

Names and affiliations of selected author

Rick Fairhurst, Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Rockville, Maryland, U.S.A.