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NEW MALARIA VACCINE DESIGNED TO BREAK THE CYCLE OF DISEASE

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Trials have begun on an "altruistic" malaria vaccine - it won't immediately help you but will stop the disease being passed on.

The vaccine, developed by David Kaslow and his team at the National Institute of Health near Washington, is designed to break the cycle of infection for the disease.The team developed a protein called PFS-25 which creates antibodies that are passed on to a mosquito sucking up a person's blood.

"Although we are actively immunizing people, what we are really doing is passively immunizing mosquitoes so they cannot pass on the disease," Kaslow told The New Scientist magazine on Thursday.

"It is a bit like vaccinating people in developed countries against rubella. The real purpose is to prevent pregnant women getting the disease, not the individual," he added.

Kaslow was wary of sounding overoptimistic about the vaccine.

"We will need to test it in an endemic area to see what effect it has on levels of malaria there."