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Covid, Africa and Schistosomiasis

January 5, 2021 - 19:55 -- Pierre Lutgen

In an April 10 interview, American philanthropist Melinda Gates expressed her belief that the coronavirus pandemic will have the worst impact in the developing world. She said she foresees bodies lying around in the street of African countries. It is quite surprising to see that although there have been shocking reports of hospitals overwhelmed with patients in the US and in other Western countries, the billionaire philanthropist and others like her still choose to talk about dead bodies in Africa. Gates is not the only one to be predicting total doom in Africa.

NOT Open Access | Association of TNF (rs1800629) promoter polymorphism and schistosomiasis with sub-microscopic asymptomatic Plasmodium falciparum infections in a schistosomiasis-endemic area in Zimbabwe

November 18, 2020 - 11:55 -- NOT Open Access
Vengesai A, Marume A, Midzi H, Kasambala M, Naicker T, Mduluza T
Trop Med Int Health. 2020 Nov 15

Infection with P. falciparum parasites may result in a wide spectrum of symptoms ranging from asymptomatic to mild or severe. A number of factors are associated with this heterogeneous response to P. falciparum infection. In the present study, associations between sub‐microscopic asymptomatic P. falciparum with Schistosoma species and TNF (rs1800629) polymorphism were investigated.

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