- Marcel Hommel, University of Liverpool
ResearchThe paper validates the use of serologic markers to various malaria antigens to retrospectively monitor changes in malaria transmission in a highly endemic region of Western Kenya. The authors compared seroprevalence, increase in seroprevalence with age, antibody titers and seroconversion rates to examine transmission history.
ResearchEvaluation of the genetic diversity of the C-terminal repeat R2 region of the Plasmodium falciparum glutamate-rich protein in field isolates from Assam state of northeast India. It is critically important to understand the genetic variability of the parasite for developing vaccination strategies.
ResearchMacro-level estimates show strong links between malaria and poverty, a causal link that runs in both directions. At the micro-level (household and population) the analysis of linkages between malaria and poverty have often produced mixed results. Using the Gambia Malaria Indicator Survey, the study showed that children from the poorest quintiles had a significantly higher risk of being infected than those from the other quintiles.
Case reportIdentifying and confirming imported cases of P. vivax is indeed important, particularly in China, where elimination efforts have been challenged by P. vivax resurgences in the central provinces in the recent past. The study described by Liu and colleagues attempts to address the challenge of confirming the geographic origin of a suspected imported P. vivax case using sequence data generated at the pvcsp locus.
ResearchDespite recent improvements in malaria prevention strategies, malaria case management remains a weakness in Nigeria. Understanding malaria care-seeking patterns is necessary to identify where policy and programmatic strategies should focus to prevent malaria mortality and morbidity.
ResearchThe paper describes an analysis of published trials into the role of topical insects repellents (containing a range of various active ingredients) in preventing malaria cases. The results are important as they highlight the conundrum faced by health authorities that mosquito repellents can protect against mosquito bites, but may be less effective in preventing mosquito-borne disease.
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Volume 13 Suppl 1 (22 September 2014)
Oxford, UK. 22-24 September 2014