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  • Conditions which cause haemolysis and lead to free haemoglobin (Hb) appear to contribute to disease pathogenesis and often severe clinical manifestations.The data appears consistent with the methaemoglobin/haem hypothesis in severe malaria. The authors suggest that non-invasive bedside MetHb testing may be a simple adjuvant tool for prognosis in resource poor settings.
  • This study confirmed that artesunate plus sulphadoxine-pyrimethamine treatment failure was widespread in northeast India and exceeded the threshold for changing drug policy. As a result, the expert committee of the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme created the first subnational drug policy for India and selected artemether plus lumefantrine as the new first-line treatment in the northeast.
  • RDT performance is largely determined by design and quality characteristics, but parasite characteristics, such as variable or absent expression of antigens targeted by RDTs can also affect performance. Plasmodium falciparum parasites lacking the PfHRP2 protein, the most common target antigen for detection of P. falciparum, have been reported in some regions. A set of recommended procedures to apply for future investigations for parasites lacking PfHRP2, is proposed.
  • Paper describing the evaluation of three different implementations of day-three active surveillance for artemisinin resistance. Potential importance to those interested in programmatic implementation for malaria control and elimination in locations where artemisinin resistance has been confirmed or is suspected.
  • Pharmacokinetics of artesunate and dihydroartemisinin after intravenous administration of artesunate in patients. Intravenous AS can provide much higher peak concentrations when compared to concentrations achieved with oral therapy; this may be crucial for the rapid elimination of parasites in patients with severe malaria.
  • Global economic integration, large numbers of people travelling to malaria-endemic countries for trade, tourism, labour and other purposes make imported malaria an increasing problem in non-endemic countries. In Brazil, mortality is 80 to 100 times higher in the extra-Amazon than in the Amazon endemic region,

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