New study identified a response the body uses to protect itself against malaria, which they believe could help in the development of a vaccine for the disease.
They found the immune system can recruit proteins found in the bloodstream to help prevent malaria parasites from infecting red blood cells. Without this assistance, antibodies alone are often unable to fend off the disease. The World Health Organisation estimates malaria causes up to 600,000 deaths each year, largely among children in Africa. Teams of researchers worldwide have been working to develop an effective vaccine, with more than 20 projects undergoing clinical trials as of early last year.