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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427455/comparison-of-methods-for-detecting-asymptomatic-malaria-infections-in-the-china-myanmar-border-area
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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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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, 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)...
March 28, 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
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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 Ella, Noemi Bahamontes Rosa, Jose Luis Llergo Largo, Aude Lembet-Mikolo, Prycil Nzamba, Christelle Offouga Mbouoronde, Maryvonne Kombila, Marielle K Bouyou Akotet
Characterization 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)...
February 20, 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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27938356/plasmodium-falciparum-genotype-and-gametocyte-prevalence-in-children-with-uncomplicated-malaria-in-coastal-ghana
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Ruth Ayanful-Torgby, Akua Oppong, Joana Abankwa, Festus Acquah, Kimberly C Williamson, Linda Eva Amoah
BACKGROUND: Plasmodium falciparum gametocytes are vital to sustaining malaria transmission. Parasite densities, multiplicity of infection as well as asexual genotype are features that have been found to influence gametocyte production. Measurements of the prevalence of Plasmodium sp. gametocytes may serve as a tool to monitor the success of malaria eradication efforts. METHODS: Whole blood was collected from 112 children aged between 6 months and 13 years with uncomplicated P...
December 9, 2016: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893347/asymptomatic-infections-in-blood-donors-harbouring-plasmodium-an-invisible-risk-detected-by-molecular-and-serological-tools
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Giselle F M C Lima, Maria C Arroyo Sanchez, José E Levi, Mahyumi Fujimori, Luiza Da Cruz Caramelo, Arianni Rondelli Sanchez, Eduardo M Ramos-Sanchez, Juliana Inoue, Maria De Jesus Costa-Nascimento, Alfredo Mendrone Junior, Silvia M Di Santi
BACKGROUND: Transfusion-transmitted malaria due to asymptomatic Plasmodium infections is a challenge for blood banks. There is a lack of data on the prevalence of asymptomatic infected blood donors and the incidence of transfusion-transmitted malaria in low endemicity areas worldwide. We estimated the frequency of blood donors harbouring Plasmodium in an area in which asymptomatic infections have been reported. MATERIAL AND METHODS: To estimate the frequency of blood donors harbouring Plasmodium we used microscopy and molecular tools...
November 7, 2016: Blood Transfusion, Trasfusione del Sangue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27842542/asymptomatic-only-at-first-sight-malaria-infection-among-schoolchildren-in-highland-rwanda
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Kevin C Sifft, Dominik Geus, Caritas Mukampunga, Jean Claude Mugisha, Felix Habarugira, Kira Fraundorfer, Claude Bayingana, Jules Ndoli, Irenee Umulisa, Corine Karema, George von Samson-Himmelstjerna, Toni Aebischer, Peter Martus, Augustin Sendegeya, Jean Bosco Gahutu, Frank P Mockenhaupt
BACKGROUND: Plasmodium infection and malaria in school children are increasingly recognized as a relevant public health problem, but data on actual prevalence and health consequences are insufficient. The present study from highland southern Rwanda aimed at estimating infection prevalence among children attending school, at identifying associated factors and at assessing the clinical consequences of these infections. METHODS: In a survey including 12 schools in the Huye district of Rwanda, 1089 children aged 6-10 years were clinically and anthropometrically examined, malaria parasites were diagnosed by microscopy and PCR, haemoglobin concentrations were measured, and socio-economic and behavioural parameters as well as medical histories were obtained...
November 14, 2016: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27824866/a-field-tailored-reverse-transcription-loop-mediated-isothermal-assay-for-high-sensitivity-detection-of-plasmodium-falciparum-infections
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Sylvie Kemleu, Dylan Guelig, Carole Eboumbou Moukoko, Estelle Essangui, Steven Diesburg, Abas Mouliom, Bernard Melingui, Jeanne Manga, Christiane Donkeu, Annie Epote, Gaëtan Texier, Paul LaBarre, Robert Burton, Lawrence Ayong
Highly sensitive and field deployable molecular diagnostic tools are critically needed for detecting submicroscopic, yet transmissible levels of malaria parasites prevalent in malaria endemic countries worldwide. A reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP) assay was developed and evaluated in comparison with thick blood smear microscopy, an antigen-based rapid diagnostic test (RDT), and an in-house RT-PCR targeting the same RT-LAMP transcript. The optimized assay detected Plasmodium falciparum infections in as little as 0...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27809907/high-prevalence-of-plasmodium-falciparum-gametocyte-infections-in-school-age-children-using-molecular-detection-patterns-and-predictors-of-risk-from-a-cross-sectional-study-in-southern-malawi
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Jenna E Coalson, Jenny A Walldorf, Lauren M Cohee, Miriam D Ismail, Don Mathanga, Regina Joice Cordy, Matthias Marti, Terrie E Taylor, Karl B Seydel, Miriam K Laufer, Mark L Wilson
BACKGROUND: In endemic areas, many people experience asymptomatic Plasmodium infections, particularly older children and adults, but their transmission contribution is unknown. Though not the exclusive determinant of infectiousness, transmission from humans to mosquitoes requires blood meals containing gametocytes. Gametocytes often occur at submicroscopic densities, challenging measurement in human populations. More sensitive molecular techniques allow better characterization of gametocyte epidemiologic patterns...
November 4, 2016: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27671736/plasmodium-falciparum-infection-in-febrile-congolese-children-prevalence-of-clinical-malaria-10-years-after-introduction-of-artemisinin-combination-therapies
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Mandingha Kosso Etoka-Beka, Francine Ntoumi, Michael Kombo, Julia Deibert, Pierre Poulain, Christevy Vouvoungui, Simon Charles Kobawila, Felix Koukouikila-Koussounda
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the proportion of malaria infection in febrile children consulting a paediatric hospital in Brazzaville, to determine the prevalence of submicroscopic malaria infection, to characterise Plasmodium falciparum infection and compare the prevalence of uncomplicated P. falciparum malaria according to haemoglobin profiles. METHODS: Blood samples were collected from children aged <10 years with an axillary temperature ≥37.5 °C consulting the paediatric ward of Marien Ngouabi Hospital in Brazzaville...
December 2016: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27628178/characterizing-microscopic-and-submicroscopic-malaria-parasitaemia-at-three-sites-with-varied-transmission-intensity-in-uganda
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John Rek, Shereen Katrak, Hannah Obasi, Patience Nayebare, Agaba Katureebe, Elijah Kakande, Emmanuel Arinaitwe, Joaniter I Nankabirwa, Prasanna Jagannathan, Chris Drakeley, Sarah G Staedke, David L Smith, Teun Bousema, Moses Kamya, Philip J Rosenthal, Grant Dorsey, Bryan Greenhouse
BACKGROUND: Parasite prevalence is a key metric used to quantify the burden of malaria and assess the impact of control strategies. Most published estimates of parasite prevalence are based on microscopy and likely underestimate true prevalence. METHODS: Thick smear microscopy was performed in cohorts of children (aged 6 month to 10 years) and adults every 90 days over 2 years, at three sites of varying transmission intensity in Uganda. Microscopy-negative samples were tested for sub-microscopic parasitaemia using loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP)...
2016: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27577992/malaria-elimination-challenges-in-mesoamerica-evidence-of-submicroscopic-malaria-reservoirs-in-guatemala
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Shirley Evelyn Lennon, Adolfo Miranda, Juliana Henao, Andres F Vallejo, Julianh Perez, Alvaro Alvarez, Myriam Arévalo-Herrera, Sócrates Herrera
BACKGROUND: Even though malaria incidence has decreased substantially in Guatemala since 2000, Guatemala remains one of the countries with the highest malaria transmission in Mesoamerica. Guatemala is committed to eliminating malaria as part of the initiative 'Elimination of Malaria in Mesoamerica and the Island of Hispaniola' (EMMIE); however, it is still in the control phase. During the past decade, the government strengthened malaria control activities including mass distribution of long-lasting insecticide-impregnated bed nets, early diagnosis and prompt treatment...
2016: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27543112/assessment-of-submicroscopic-infections-and-gametocyte-carriage-of-plasmodium-falciparum-during-peak-malaria-transmission-season-in-a-community-based-cross-sectional-survey-in-western-kenya-2012
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Zhiyong Zhou, Rebecca M Mitchell, Simon Kariuki, Christopher Odero, Peter Otieno, Kephas Otieno, Philip Onyona, Vincent Were, Ryan E Wiegand, John E Gimnig, Edward D Walker, Meghna Desai, Ya Ping Shi
BACKGROUND: Although malaria control intervention has greatly decreased malaria morbidity and mortality in many African countries, further decline in parasite prevalence has stagnated in western Kenya. In order to assess if malaria transmission reservoir is associated with this stagnation, submicroscopic infection and gametocyte carriage was estimated. Risk factors and associations between malaria control interventions and gametocyte carriage were further investigated in this study. METHODS: A total of 996 dried blood spot samples were used from two strata, all smear-positives (516 samples) and randomly selected smear-negatives (480 samples), from a community cross-sectional survey conducted at peak transmission season in 2012 in Siaya County, western Kenya...
2016: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27333893/common-asymptomatic-and-submicroscopic-malaria-infections-in-western-thailand-revealed-in-longitudinal-molecular-and-serological-studies-a-challenge-to-malaria-elimination
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Elisabeth Baum, Jetsumon Sattabongkot, Jeeraphat Sirichaisinthop, Kirakorn Kiattibutr, Aarti Jain, Omid Taghavian, Ming-Chieh Lee, D Huw Davies, Liwang Cui, Philip L Felgner, Guiyun Yan
BACKGROUND: Despite largely successful control efforts, malaria remains a significant public health problem in Thailand. Based on microscopy, the northwestern province of Tak, once Thailand's highest burden area, is now considered a low-transmission region. However, microscopy is insensitive to detect low-level parasitaemia, causing gross underestimation of parasite prevalence in areas where most infections are subpatent. The objective of this study was to assess the current epidemiology of malaria prevalence using molecular and serological detection methods, and to profile the antibody responses against Plasmodium as it relates to age, seasonal changes and clinical manifestations during infection...
2016: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27228058/marked-rise-in-the-prevalence-of-asymptomatic-plasmodium-falciparum-infection-in-rural-gabon
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Irène Pegha Moukandja, Jean Claude Biteghe Bi Essone, Issaka Sagara, Roland Fabrice Kassa Kassa, Julien Ondzaga, Jean-Bernard Lékana Douki, Marielle Bouyou Akotet, Dieudonne Nkoghe Mba, Fousseyni S Touré Ndouo
Control strategies implemented a decade ago led to a marked reduction in the prevalence of malaria in many countries. In Dienga, southeastern Gabon, the prevalence of microscopic P. falciparum infection was 7% in 2003, close to the pre-elimination threshold of 5%. The aim of this work was to determine the prevalence of P. falciparum infection in the same community a decade later. A cohort of 370 individuals aged from 3 to 85 years living in Dienga was investigated for P. falciparum infection; during six passages (P) in 15-month period...
2016: PloS One
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