Scientists claim to have discovered a miracle compound which stops malaria in mice with a single, low dose.

The discovery could open a new avenue for the development of more effective antimalarials as parasites become resistant to existing drugs.

Researchers at MIT and Harvard found that a single dose in mice prevented infection from developing for the duration of the 30 day study.

By targeting a specific enzyme, it combatted early infection in the liver before parasites could spread to the blood in bigger numbers, the BBC reported.

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine s Professor David Baker said he was excited about the findings: The advantage of a single dose antimalarial is that it potentially reduces costs and removes the issue of patients not completing the course of treatment.

Malaria is transferred via bites from infected female mosquitoes.

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