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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771615/substantial-asymptomatic-submicroscopic-plasmodium-carriage-during-dry-season-in-low-transmission-areas-in-senegal-implications-for-malaria-control-and-elimination
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Makhtar Niang, Laty Gaye Thiam, Rokhaya Sane, Nafissatou Diagne, Cheikh Talla, Souleymane Doucoure, Joseph Faye, Fode Diop, Abdoulaye Badiane, Babacar Diouf, Diogop Camara, Fatoumata Diene-Sarr, Cheikh Sokhna, Vincent Richard, Aissatou Toure-Balde
BACKGROUND: In the progress towards malaria elimination, the accurate diagnosis of low-density asymptomatic infections is critical. Low-density asymptomatic submicroscopic malaria infections may act as silent reservoirs that maintain low-level residual malaria transmission in the community. Light microscopy, the gold standard in malaria diagnosis lacks the sensitivity to detect low-level parasitaemia. In this study, the presence and prevalence of submicroscopic Plasmodium carriage were investigated to estimate the parasites reservoir among asymptomatic individuals living in low transmission areas in Dielmo and Ndiop, Senegal during the dry season...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719306/seasonal-variation-in-the-epidemiology-of-asymptomatic-plasmodium-falciparum-infections-across-two-catchment-areas-in-bongo-district-ghana
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Kathryn E Tiedje, Abraham R Oduro, Godfred Agongo, Thomas Anyorigiya, Daniel Azongo, Timothy Awine, Anita Ghansah, Mercedes Pascual, Kwadwo A Koram, Karen P Day
Understanding the epidemiology of asymptomatic Plasmodium falciparum infections is critical for countries to move toward malaria elimination. Using different methods for parasite detection, we evaluated how seasonality, spatial location, and other factors affect the age-specific epidemiology of asymptomatic malaria in Bongo District, Ghana. Asymptomatic prevalence by microscopy decreased significantly from 42.5% at the end of the wet to 27.5% at the end of the dry season (P < 0.001). Using the 18S rRNA polymerase chain reactions (PCRs), all microscopy-negative samples were screened and prevalence of submicroscopic infections also decreased significantly from the wet (55...
July 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719294/molecular-markers-for-sensitive-detection-of-plasmodium-falciparum-asexual-stage-parasites-and-their-application-in-a-malaria-clinical-trial
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Fitsum G Tadesse, Kjerstin Lanke, Issa Nebie, Jodie A Schildkraut, Bronner P Gonçalves, Alfred B Tiono, Robert Sauerwein, Chris Drakeley, Teun Bousema, Sanna R Rijpma
Plasmodium falciparum parasite life stages respond differently to antimalarial drugs. Sensitive stage-specific molecular assays may help to examine parasite dynamics at microscopically detectable and submicroscopic parasite densities in epidemiological and clinical studies. In this study, we compared the performance of skeleton-binding protein 1 (SBP1), ring-infected erythrocyte surface antigen, Hyp8, ring-exported protein 1 (REX1), and PHISTb mRNA for detecting ring-stage trophozoite-specific transcripts using quantitative reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction...
July 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712360/resisting-and-tolerating-p-falciparum-in-pregnancy-under-different-malaria-transmission-intensities
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Nicaise Tuikue Ndam, Emmanuel Mbuba, Raquel González, Pau Cisteró, Simon Kariuki, Esperança Sevene, María Rupérez, Ana Maria Fonseca, Anifa Vala, Sonia Maculuve, Alfons Jiménez, Llorenç Quintó, Peter Ouma, Michael Ramharter, John J Aponte, Arsenio Nhacolo, Achille Massougbodji, Valerie Briand, Peter G Kremsner, Ghyslain Mombo-Ngoma, Meghna Desai, Eusebio Macete, Michel Cot, Clara Menéndez, Alfredo Mayor
BACKGROUND: Resistance and tolerance to Plasmodium falciparum can determine the progression of malaria disease. However, quantitative evidence of tolerance is still limited. We investigated variations in the adverse impact of P. falciparum infections among African pregnant women under different intensities of malaria transmission. METHODS: P. falciparum at delivery was assessed by microscopy, quantitative PCR (qPCR) and placental histology in 946 HIV-uninfected and 768 HIV-infected pregnant women from Benin, Gabon, Kenya and Mozambique...
July 17, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676055/malaria-in-brazil-colombia-peru-and-venezuela-current-challenges-in-malaria-control-and-elimination
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REVIEW
Judith Recht, André M Siqueira, Wuelton M Monteiro, Sonia M Herrera, Sócrates Herrera, Marcus V G Lacerda
In spite of significant progress towards malaria control and elimination achieved in South America in the 2000s, this mosquito-transmitted tropical disease remains an important public health concern in the region. Most malaria cases in South America come from Amazon rain forest areas in northern countries, where more than half of malaria is caused by Plasmodium vivax, while Plasmodium falciparum malaria incidence has decreased in recent years. This review discusses current malaria data, policies and challenges in four South American Amazon countries: Brazil, Colombia, Peru and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela...
July 4, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653041/plasmodium-falciparum-genotypes-in-matched-peripheral-placental-and-umbilical-cord-blood-in-an-area-characterised-by-unstable-malaria-transmission-in-eastern-sudan
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Omar E Fadlelseed, Maha E Osman, Nahla M Shamseldin, Amar B Elhussein, Ishag Adam
BACKGROUND: There are few published studies on Plasmodium falciparum genotypes in peripheral, placental and umbilical cord blood in areas characterised by unstable malaria transmission. METHOD: A cross-sectional study was conducted to investigate P. falciparum genotypes in matched peripheral, placental and umbilical cord blood in eastern Sudan. Thick blood smears and P. falciparum merozoite surface protein 1 (MSP1) and 2 (MSP2) genes as polymorphic markers in polymerase chain reactions were investigated in 3 kinds of samples of 153 pregnant women at delivery...
June 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640824/molecular-diagnosis-of-plasmodium-ovale-by-photo-induced-electron-transfer-fluorogenic-primers-pet-pcr
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David Akerele, Dragan Ljolje, Eldin Talundzic, Venkatachalam Udhayakumar, Naomi W Lucchi
Accurate diagnosis of malaria infections continues to be challenging and elusive, especially in the detection of submicroscopic infections. Developing new malaria diagnostic tools that are sensitive enough to detect low-level infections, user friendly, cost effective and capable of performing large scale diagnosis, remains critical. We have designed novel self-quenching photo-induced electron transfer (PET) fluorogenic primers for the detection of P. ovale by real-time PCR. In our study, a total of 173 clinical samples, consisting of different malaria species, were utilized to test this novel PET-PCR primer...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609010/submicroscopic-malaria-infections-in-pregnant-women-from-six-departments-in-haiti
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Maha A Elbadry, Massimiliano S Tagliamonte, Christian P Raccurt, Jean F Lemoine, Alexandre Existe, Jacques Boncy, Thomas A Weppelmann, John B Dame, Bernard A Okech
OBJECTIVES: To describe the epidemiology of malaria in pregnancy in Haiti. METHODS: Cross-sectional study among pregnant women in six departments of Haiti. After obtaining informed consent, whole blood samples and demographic surveys were collected to investigate malaria prevalence, anaemia and socio-behavioural risk factors for infection, respectively. A total of 311 pregnant women were screened for Plasmodium falciparum infection using a rapid diagnostic test (RDT), microscopy and a novel, quantitative reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction method (qRT-PCR)...
August 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604825/burden-and-impact-of-plasmodium-vivax-in-pregnancy-a-multi-centre-prospective-observational-study
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MULTICENTER STUDY
Azucena Bardají, Flor Ernestina Martínez-Espinosa, Myriam Arévalo-Herrera, Norma Padilla, Swati Kochar, Maria Ome-Kaius, Camila Bôtto-Menezes, María Eugenia Castellanos, Dhanpat Kumar Kochar, Sanjay Kumar Kochar, Inoni Betuela, Ivo Mueller, Stephen Rogerson, Chetan Chitnis, Dhiraj Hans, Michela Menegon, Carlo Severini, Hernando Del Portillo, Carlota Dobaño, Alfredo Mayor, Jaume Ordi, Mireia Piqueras, Sergi Sanz, Mats Wahlgren, Laurence Slutsker, Meghna Desai, Clara Menéndez
BACKGROUND: Despite that over 90 million pregnancies are at risk of Plasmodium vivax infection annually, little is known about the epidemiology and impact of the infection in pregnancy. METHODOLOGY AND PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We undertook a health facility-based prospective observational study in pregnant women from Guatemala (GT), Colombia (CO), Brazil (BR), India (IN) and Papua New Guinea PNG). Malaria and anemia were determined during pregnancy and fetal outcomes assessed at delivery...
June 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591198/single-dose-primaquine-to-reduce-gametocyte-carriage-and-plasmodium-falciparum-transmission-in-cambodia-an-open-label-randomized-trial
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Jessica T Lin, Chanthap Lon, Michele D Spring, Somethy Sok, Soklyda Chann, Mali Ittiverakul, Worachet Kuntawunginn, Mok My, Kheangheng Thay, Rifat Rahman, Sujata Balasubramanian, Mengchuor Char, Charlotte A Lanteri, Panita Gosi, Ratawan Ubalee, Steven R Meshnick, David L Saunders
BACKGROUND: Single low dose primaquine (SLD PQ, 0.25mg/kg) is recommended in combination with artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) as a gametocytocide to prevent Plasmodium falciparum transmission in areas threatened by artemisinin resistance. To date, no randomized controlled trials have measured primaquine's effect on infectiousness to Anopheline mosquitoes in Southeast Asia. METHODS: Cambodian adults with uncomplicated falciparum malaria were randomized to receive a single 45mg dose of primaquine (equivalent to three SLD PQ) or no primaquine after the third dose of dihydroartemisin-piperaquine (DHP) therapy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460834/asymptomatic-plasmodial-infection-in-colombian-pregnant-women
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Jaime Carmona-Fonseca, Olga M Agudelo, Eliana M Arango
Information about asymptomatic plasmodial infection is scarce in the world, and the current antimalarial program goals (control, elimination, and eradication) demand this evidence to be well documented in different populations and malaria transmission settings. This study aimed to measure the prevalence of API in Colombian pregnant women at delivery. A retrospective prevalence survey was used. Women were recruited at hospital obstetric facility in each of the municipalities of Turbo, Necoclí in Antioquia department, and Puerto Libertador in Córdoba department...
April 28, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427455/comparison-of-methods-for-detecting-asymptomatic-malaria-infections-in-the-china-myanmar-border-area
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Yonghong Zhao, Yan Zhao, Yanmin Lv, Fei Liu, Qinghui Wang, Peipei Li, Zhenjun Zhao, Yingjie Liu, Liwang Cui, Qi Fan, Yaming Cao
BACKGROUND: Sensitive methods for detecting asymptomatic malaria infections are essential for identifying potential transmission reservoirs and obtaining an accurate assessment of malaria epidemiology in low-endemicity areas aiming to eliminate malaria. PCR techniques to detect parasite nucleic acids (DNA or RNA) are among the most commonly used molecular methods. However, most of these methods are of low throughput and cannot be used for large-scale molecular epidemiological studies...
April 20, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420399/distinct-parasite-populations-infect-individuals-identified-through-passive-and-active-case-detection-in-a-region-of-declining-malaria-transmission-in-southern-zambia
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Kelly M Searle, Ben Katowa, Tamaki Kobayashi, Mwiche N S Siame, Sungano Mharakurwa, Giovanna Carpi, Douglas E Norris, Jennifer C Stevenson, Philip E Thuma, William J Moss
BACKGROUND: Substantial reductions in the burden of malaria have been documented in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, with elimination strategies and goals being formulated in some regions. Within this context, understanding the epidemiology of low-level malaria transmission is crucial to achieving and sustaining elimination. A 24 single-nucleotide-polymorphism Plasmodium falciparum molecular barcode was used to characterize parasite populations from infected individuals identified through passive and active case detection in an area approaching malaria elimination in southern Zambia...
April 19, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363637/dsm265-for-plasmodium-falciparum-chemoprophylaxis-a-randomised-double-blinded-phase-1-trial-with-controlled-human-malaria-infection
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Mihály Sulyok, Thomas Rückle, Alexandra Roth, Raymund E Mürbeth, Stephan Chalon, Nicola Kerr, Sonia Schnieper Samec, Nathalie Gobeau, Carlos Lamsfus Calle, Javier Ibáñez, Zita Sulyok, Jana Held, Tamirat Gebru, Patricia Granados, Sina Brückner, Christian Nguetse, Juliana Mengue, Albert Lalremruata, B Kim Lee Sim, Stephen L Hoffman, Jörg J Möhrle, Peter G Kremsner, Benjamin Mordmüller
BACKGROUND: A drug for causal (ie, pre-erythrocytic) prophylaxis of Plasmodium falciparum malaria with prolonged activity would substantially advance malaria control. DSM265 is an experimental antimalarial that selectively inhibits the parasite dihydroorotate dehydrogenase. DSM265 shows in vitro activity against liver and blood stages of P falciparum. We assessed the prophylactic activity of DSM265 against controlled human malaria infection (CHMI). METHODS: At the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Eberhard Karls University (Tübingen, Germany), healthy, malaria-naive adults were allocated to receive 400 mg DSM265 or placebo either 1 day (cohort 1A) or 7 days (cohort 2) before CHMI by direct venous inoculation (DVI) of 3200 aseptic, purified, cryopreserved P falciparum sporozoites (PfSPZ Challenge; Sanaria Inc, Rockville, MD, USA)...
June 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302168/comparison-of-the-diagnostic-performance-of-microscopic-examination-with-nested-polymerase-chain-reaction-for-optimum-malaria-diagnosis-in-upper-myanmar
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Jung-Mi Kang, Pyo-Yun Cho, Mya Moe, Jinyoung Lee, Hojong Jun, Hyeong-Woo Lee, Seong Kyu Ahn, Tae Im Kim, Jhang Ho Pak, Moe Kyaw Myint, Khin Lin, Tong-Soo Kim, Byoung-Kuk Na
BACKGROUND: Accurate diagnosis of Plasmodium infection is crucial for prompt malaria treatment and surveillance. Microscopic examination has been widely applied as the gold standard for malaria diagnosis in most part of malaria endemic areas, but its diagnostic value has been questioned, particularly in submicroscopic malaria. In this study, the diagnostic performance of microscopic examination and nested polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was evaluated to establish optimal malaria diagnosis method in Myanmar...
March 16, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261219/naturally-acquired-binding-inhibitory-antibodies-to-plasmodium-vivax-duffy-binding-protein-in-pregnant-women-are-associated-with-higher-birth-weight-in-a-multicenter-study
#16
Pilar Requena, Myriam Arévalo-Herrera, Michela Menegon, Flor E Martínez-Espinosa, Norma Padilla, Camila Bôtto-Menezes, Adriana Malheiro, Dhiraj Hans, Maria Eugenia Castellanos, Leanne Robinson, Paula Samol, Swati Kochar, Sanjay K Kochar, Dhanpat K Kochar, Meghna Desai, Sergi Sanz, Llorenç Quintó, Alfredo Mayor, Stephen Rogerson, Ivo Mueller, Carlo Severini, Hernando A Del Portillo, Azucena Bardají, Chetan C Chitnis, Clara Menéndez, Carlota Dobaño
A vaccine to eliminate malaria would need a multi-stage and multi-species composition to achieve robust protection, but the lack of knowledge about antigen targets and mechanisms of protection precludes the development of fully efficacious malaria vaccines, especially for Plasmodium vivax (Pv). Pregnant women constitute a risk population who would greatly benefit from a vaccine preventing the adverse events of Plasmodium infection during gestation. We hypothesized that functional immune responses against putative targets of naturally acquired immunity to malaria and vaccine candidates will be associated with protection against malaria infection and/or poor outcomes during pregnancy...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28253867/the-shape-of-the-iceberg-quantification-of-submicroscopic-plasmodium-falciparum-and-plasmodium-vivax-parasitaemia-and-gametocytaemia-in-five-low-endemic-settings-in-ethiopia
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Fitsum G Tadesse, Lotus van den Hoogen, Kjerstin Lanke, Jodie Schildkraut, Kevin Tetteh, Abraham Aseffa, Hassen Mamo, Robert Sauerwein, Ingrid Felger, Chris Drakeley, Endalamaw Gadissa, Teun Bousema
BACKGROUND: The widespread presence of low-density asymptomatic infections with concurrent gametocytes may be a stumbling block for malaria elimination. This study investigated the asymptomatic reservoir of Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax infections in schoolchildren from five settings in northwest Ethiopia. METHODS: Two cross-sectional surveys were conducted in June and November 2015, enrolling 551 students from five schools and 294 students from three schools, respectively...
March 3, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219989/submicroscopic-falciparum-malaria-in-febrile-individuals-in-urban-and-rural-areas-of-gabon
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Denise P Mawili-Mboumba, Rosalie Nikiéma Ndong, Noemi Bahamontes Rosa, Jose Luis Llergo Largo, Aude Lembet-Mikolo, Prycil Nzamba, Christelle Offouga Mbouoronde, Maryvonne Kombila, Marielle K Bouyou Akotet
AbstractCharacterization of the parasite reservoir is required to improve malaria control. Asymptomatic patients with subpatent parasitemia have been identified in Gabon, but the prevalence of such infections among febrile subjects is unclear. We assessed the prevalence of submicroscopic Plasmodium falciparum infections on an island (Port-Gentil), and in urban (Libreville), semiurban (Melen), and rural (Oyem) settings in Gabon. Blood samples (N = 310) from febrile patients were tested for malaria parasites by quantitative nucleic acid sequence-based amplification (QT-NASBA)...
April 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166813/hidden-reservoir-of-resistant-parasites-the-missing-link-in-the-elimination-of-falciparum-malaria
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Rashad Abdul-Ghani, Mohammed A K Mahdy, John C Beier, Leonardo K Basco
BACKGROUND: To successfully eliminate malaria, an integrated system that includes a number of approaches and interventions-aimed at overcoming the threat of antimalarial drug resistance-is required. Significant progress has been made in reducing malaria incidence through large-scale use of artemisinin-based combination therapies and insecticide-treated nets. To consolidate these gains, attention should be paid to the missing links in the elimination of malaria. One of these gaps is the residual reservoir of submicroscopic resistant parasites, which remains after case management or other control measures have been carried out...
February 6, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143518/submicroscopic-plasmodium-prevalence-in-relation-to-malaria-incidence-in-20-villages-in-western-cambodia
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Rupam Tripura, Thomas J Peto, Christianne C Veugen, Chea Nguon, Chan Davoeung, Nicola James, Mehul Dhorda, Richard J Maude, Jureeporn Duanguppama, Krittaya Patumrat, Mallika Imwong, Lorenz von Seidlein, Martin P Grobusch, Nicholas J White, Arjen M Dondorp
BACKGROUND: Cambodia has seen a marked reduction in the incidence of Plasmodium falciparum over the past decade without a corresponding decline in Plasmodium vivax incidence. It is unknown to what extent local transmission is sustained by a chain of clinical and sub-clinical infections or by continued re-introduction via migration. Using an ultrasensitive molecular technique, 20 villages in western Cambodia were surveyed to detect the low season prevalence of P. falciparum and P. vivax and local treatment records were reviewed...
January 31, 2017: Malaria Journal
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