With malaria claiming 400,000 lives every year, researchers have identified a microbe in malaria mosquitoes that is capable of blocking transmission of the disease from the insects to people.

In a study published in Nature Communications journal, the scientists from the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) and the University of Glasgow, UK, report that the microbe, which they have named Microsporidia MB, was found in anopheles mosquitoes in a study conducted mainly on the shores of Lake Victoria in Kenya.

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