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New strain of malaria reported in Africa

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7307.251/b (Published 04 August 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:251
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    A deadly new strain of Plasmodium falciparum, the parasite that causes malaria, has arrived in Africa, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal (2001;26 Jul:B1).

    Four different plasmodium species cause malaria, but P falciparum is the most deadly. Several years ago a fourth mutation of P falciparum emerged in parts of Asia and South America. Since then scientists have been waiting for its appearance …

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