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Lack of Decline in Childhood Malaria, Malawi, 2001–2010

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Roca-Feltrer, Arantxa, Kwizombe, Collins, Sanjoaquin, Miguel, Sesay, Sanie, Faragher, Brian, Harrison, Jim, Geukers, Karen, Kabuluzi, Storn, Mathanga, Don P., Molyneux, Elizabeth, Chagomera, Maganizo, Taylor, Terrie, Molyneux, Malcolm E and Heyderman, Robert (2012) 'Lack of Decline in Childhood Malaria, Malawi, 2001–2010'. Emerging Infectious Diseases, Vol 18, Issue 2, pp. 272-278.

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Abstract

In some areas of Africa, health facility data have indicated declines in malaria that might have resulted from increasingly effective control programs. Most such reports have been from countries where malaria transmission is highly seasonal or of modest intensity. In Malawi, perennial malaria transmission is intense, and malaria control measures have been scaled up during the past decade. We examined health facility data for children seen as outpatients and parasitemia-positive children hospitalized with cerebral malaria in a large national hospital. The proportion of Plasmodium falciparum–positive slides among febrile children at the hospital declined early in the decade, but no further reductions were observed after 2005. The number of admissions for cerebral malaria did not differ significantly by year. Continued surveillance for malaria is needed to evaluate the effects of the increased malaria control efforts.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: QX Parasitology > Protozoa > QX 135 Plasmodia
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 750 Malaria
WS Pediatrics > By Age Groups > WS 421 Diseases of newborn infants
WS Pediatrics > By Age Groups > WS 430 Infancy
WS Pediatrics > By Age Groups > WS 440 Preschool child
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): https://doi.org/10.3201/eid1802.111008
Depositing User: Users 379 not found.
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2012 16:41
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2018 09:23
URI: http://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/3013

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