Antibiotics encourage the spread of malaria via mosquitos

January 13, 2015 7:39 PM

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Antibiotics encourage the spread of malaria via mosquitos

Scientists at the Imperial College London found that when mosquitoes drank blood carrying the two antibiotics they became more susceptible to the parasite that causes malaria -- thus more likely to spread the infection to humans.

Just as antibiotics augment the microbiome of the human gut, penicillin- and streptomycin-laced blood disrupt the guts of mosquitoes and diminish the insects' defenses against disease-causing parasitic protozoans.

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