• Question: Your carry out research on Malaria in Kenya. Is it true to argue that most Kenyans have immunity against malaria! Like I don't remember the last time I suffered the disease. If so, can't we do genetic studies to identify the resistant strain?

    Asked by hang17key to Beatrice on 18 Feb 2021.
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      Beatrice Amboko answered on 18 Feb 2021:

      No, malaria transmission is variable in Kenya ranging from low to high risk areas. People in low risk areas are not immune to malaria while those from high risk areas acquire immunity to malaria the older they get due to repeated attacks. Genetic studies are important for identifying resistant parasites to drugs.