Why is the effect of malaria parasites on mosquito survival still unresolved?

Heather M. Ferguson, Andrew F. Read

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Abstract

Despite almost a century of effort, the question of whether malaria parasites kill their mosquito vectors remains open. Some direct comparisons of the longevity of infected and uninfected mosquitoes have found malaria-induced mortality, whereas others have not. Here, we use meta-analysis to show that, overall, malaria parasites do reduce mosquito survival. However, mortality effects are more likely to be detected in unnatural vector-parasite combinations and in studies of longer duration. Until these factors are systematically investigated, no firm generalities are possible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)256-261
Number of pages6
JournalTrends in Parasitology
Volume18
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases

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