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Short communication: Negative spatial association between lymphatic filariasis and malaria in West Africa

Kelly-Hope, Louise ORCID:, Diggle, P. J., Rowlingson, B. S., Gyapong, J. O., Kyelem, D., Coleman, Michael ORCID:, Thomson, Madeleine C., Obsomer, V., Lindsay, S. W., Hemingway, Janet ORCID: and Molyneux, David ORCID: (2006) 'Short communication: Negative spatial association between lymphatic filariasis and malaria in West Africa'. Tropical Medicine & International Health, Vol 11, Issue 2, pp. 129-135.

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To determine the relationship between human lymphatic filariasis, caused by Wuchereria bancrofti, and falciparum malaria, which are co-endemic throughout West Africa.
We used geographical information systems and spatial statistics to examine the prevalence of lymphatic filariasis in relation to malaria prevalence, mosquito species distributions, vegetation and climate.
A negative spatial association between W. bancrofti and falciparum malaria prevalence exists. Interspecies competition between parasites, seasonality, differences in the distribution and vector competence of Anopheles vectors, agricultural practices and insecticide resistance may be factors driving current (and potentially future) spatial distributions.
Further investigating these factors will become crucial as large-scale lymphatic filariasis and malaria control programmes are implemented in West Africa that may influence the epidemiology of both diseases.
Determiner la relation entre la filariose lymphatique causee par Wuchereria bancrofti et la malaria falciparum, toutes deux endemiques en Afrique de l'ouest.
Nous avons utilise les systemes d'information geographique et des statistiques spatiales pour examiner la prevalence de la filariose lymphatique en relation avec la prevalence de la malaria, la distribution des especes de moustiques, la vegetation et le climat.
Une association spatiale negative existe entre W. bancrofti et la prevalence de la malaria falciparum. La competition inter-espece des parasites, la saisonnalite, les differences dans la distribution et la competence des vecteurs Anopheles, les pratiques agriculturales et la resistance aux insecticides peuvent etre des facteurs responsables des distributions spatiales actuelles et probablement futures.
Une investigation plus poussee de ces facteurs s'averera cruciale avec l'introduction de programmes de controle a grande echelle de la filariose lymphatique et de la malaria en Afrique de l'ouest, qui peuvent influencer l'epidemiologie de ces deux maladies.
Determinar la relacion entre la filariasis linfatica humana, causada por Wuchereria bancrofti, y malaria por Plasmodium falciparum malaria, las cuales son co-endemicas en todo Africa del oeste.
Utilizamos sistemas de informacion geografica (SIG) y estadistica espacial para examinar la prevalencia de filariasis linfatica en relacion a la prevalencia de malaria, la distribucion espacial de los mosquitos, la vegetacion y el clima.
Existe una asociacion espacial negativa entre W. bancrofti y malaria por P.falciparum. Los factores que podrian estar influenciando las distribuciones espaciales actuales (y potencialmente las futuras) son la competencia entre especies de parasitos, la estacionalidad, diferencias en la distribucion y competencia de los vectores Anopheles, practicas agricolas y resistencia a insecticidas.
Investigar mas a fondo estos factores sera crucial a medida que se implementen en Africa del Oeste, programas de control a gran escala para la malaria y la filariasis linfatica, que puedan influenciar la epidemiologia de ambas enfermedades.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: anopheles lymphatic filariasis malaria west africa epidemiology transmission climate environment geographical information systems statistical modelling anopheles-gambiae bancroftian filariasis plasmodium-falciparum incipient speciation infections disease ghana irrigation elimination communities
Subjects: QV Pharmacology > QV 38 Drug action.
QW Microbiology and Immunology > QW 45 Microbial drug resistance. General or not elsewhere classified.
QW Microbiology and Immunology > Immune Responses > QW 700 Infection. Mechanisms of infection and resistance.
QX Parasitology > QX 45 Host-parasite relations
QX Parasitology > Insects. Other Parasites > QX 510 Mosquitoes
QX Parasitology > Insects. Other Parasites > QX 515 Anopheles
QX Parasitology > Insects. Other Parasites > QX 650 Insect vectors
WA Public Health > Preventive Medicine > WA 110 Prevention and control of communicable diseases. Transmission of infectious diseases
WA Public Health > Preventive Medicine > WA 240 Disinfection. Disinfestation. Pesticides (including diseases caused by)
WB Practice of Medicine > Medical Climatology > WB 710 Diseases of geographic areas
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 750 Malaria
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 850 Nematode infections (General)
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 880 Filariasis and related conditions (General)
WC Communicable Diseases > Tropical and Parasitic Diseases > WC 885 Onchocerciasis
Faculty: Department: Groups (2002 - 2012) > Disease Control Strategy Group
Groups (2002 - 2012) > Vector Group
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Depositing User: Sarah Lewis-Newton
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2011 16:57
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2019 10:55


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