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The Forgotten Malaria

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Science  08 Nov 2013:
Vol. 342, Issue 6159, pp. 684-687
DOI: 10.1126/science.342.6159.684

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Malaria caused by the parasite Plasmodium vivax has long been an afterthought in both public health plans and in research funding. One of the five Plasmodium species that cause malaria in humans, P. vivax is often overshadowed by its more lethal cousin, P. falciparum. Now, new recognition of the severe disease that P. vivax can cause and its ability to elude many of the standard malaria control measures have prompted researchers and policymakers to give the parasite new attention. The parasite has a number of tricks, however, that make it a formidable foe.