Threat to control dormant leishmaniasis parasites

By Eldon Opiyo [NAIROBI] Parasites that cause leishmaniasis — a neglected tropical disease transmitted by sand flies — could adopt a dormant phase that might render them invisible to drugs and the host’s immune system, a study suggests. According to the WHO, about 50,000 to 90,000 new cases of the most serious form of the …

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Researchers model ways to control maize lethal necrosis

By Eldon Opiyo [NAIROBI] Researchers have used mathematical modelling to develop techniques to combat two co-infecting viruses causing maize lethal necrosis (MLN) in Kenya. According to researchers who conducted the new study, because maize is a staple crop in Sub-Saharan Africa, the spread of MLN is threatening food security in the region. Nik Cunniffe, a …

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What are reasons for Africa’s low internet use?

By Eldon Opiyo [NAIROBI] Despite recent improvements in infrastructure and affordability, internet adoption in Sub-Saharan Africa is not growing rapidly, a report says. The report says that the continent’s internet adoption is not growing fast because potential users do not always find the internet relevant enough. According to Bastiaan Quast, co-author of the report and …

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