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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431115/spatial-distribution-of-falciparum-malaria-infections-in-zanzibar-implications-for-focal-drug-administration-strategies-targeting-asymptomatic-parasite-carriers
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Anders Björkman, Jackie Cook, Hugh Sturrock, Mwinyi Msellem, Abdullah Ali, Weiping Xu, Fabrizio Molteni, Roly Gosling, Chris Drakeley, Andreas Mårtensson
Background.: Optimal use of mass/targeted screen-and-treat or mass or focal drug administration as malaria elimination strategies remains unclear. We therefore studied spatial distribution of Plasmodium falciparum infections to compare simulated effects of these strategies on reducing the parasite reservoir in a pre-elimination setting. Methods.: P. falciparum rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) and molecular (polymerase chain reaction [PCR]) and serological (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) analyses were performed on finger-prick blood samples from a population-based survey in 3 adjacent communities...
May 1, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
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/28427409/efficacies-of-dha-ppq-and-as-sp-in-patients-with-uncomplicated-plasmodium-falciparum-malaria-in-an-area-of-an-unstable-seasonal-transmission-in-sudan
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Abdelrahim O Mohamed, Muzamil M Abdel Hamid, Omer S Mohamed, Nuha S Elkando, Abdelmaroof Suliman, Mariam A Adam, Fahad Awad Ali Elnour, Elfatih M Malik
BACKGROUND: Artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT), together with other control measures, have reduced the burden of falciparum malaria in sub-Saharan countries, including Sudan. Sudan adopted ACT in 2004 with a remarkable reduction in mortality due to falciparum malaria. However, emergence of resistance to the first-line treatment artesunate and sulfadoxine/pyrimethamine (AS/SP) has created new challenges to the control of malaria in Sudan. A search for an alternative drug of choice for treating uncomplicated malaria has become inevitable...
April 20, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423028/four-human-plasmodium-species-quantification-using-droplet-digital-pcr
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Suttipat Srisutham, Naowarat Saralamba, Benoit Malleret, Laurent Rénia, Arjen M Dondorp, Mallika Imwong
Droplet digital polymerase chain reaction (ddPCR) is a partial PCR based on water-oil emulsion droplet technology. It is a highly sensitive method for detecting and delineating minor alleles from complex backgrounds and provides absolute quantification of DNA targets. The ddPCR technology has been applied for detection of many pathogens. Here the sensitive assay utilizing ddPCR for detection and quantification of Plasmodium species was investigated. The assay was developed for two levels of detection, genus specific for all Plasmodium species and for specific Plasmodium species detection...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420422/high-resolution-melting-a-useful-field-deployable-method-to-measure-dhfr-and-dhps-drug-resistance-in-both-highly-and-lowly-endemic-plasmodium-populations
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Yaye Dié Ndiaye, Cyrille K Diédhiou, Amy K Bei, Baba Dieye, Aminata Mbaye, Nasserdine Papa Mze, Rachel F Daniels, Ibrahima M Ndiaye, Awa B Déme, Amy Gaye, Mouhamad Sy, Tolla Ndiaye, Aida S Badiane, Mouhamadou Ndiaye, Zul Premji, Dyann F Wirth, Souleymane Mboup, Donald Krogstad, Sarah K Volkman, Ambroise D Ahouidi, Daouda Ndiaye
BACKGROUND: Emergence and spread of drug resistance to every anti-malarial used to date, creates an urgent need for development of sensitive, specific and field-deployable molecular tools for detection and surveillance of validated drug resistance markers. Such tools would allow early detection of mutations in resistance loci. The aim of this study was to compare common population signatures and drug resistance marker frequencies between two populations with different levels of malaria endemicity and history of anti-malarial drug use: Tanzania and Sénégal...
April 19, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420403/molecular-surveillance-of-plasmodium-falciparum-drug-resistance-in-the-republic-of-congo-four-and-nine-years-after-the-introduction-of-artemisinin-based-combination-therapy
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Felix Koukouikila-Koussounda, Sankarganesh Jeyaraj, Christian N Nguetse, Charles Nchotebah Nkonganyi, Kossiwa Clarisse Kokou, Mandingha K Etoka-Beka, Francine Ntoumi, Thirumalaisamy P Velavan
BACKGROUND: Resistance to anti-malarial drugs hinders efforts on malaria elimination and eradication. Following the global spread of chloroquine-resistant parasites, the Republic of Congo adopted artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) in 2006 as a first-line treatment for uncomplicated malaria. To assess the impacts after implementation of ACT, a molecular surveillance for anti-malarial drug resistance was conducted in Congo 4 and 9 years after the introduction of ACT. METHODS: Blood samples of 431 febrile children aged 1-10 years were utilized from two previous studies conducted in 2010 (N = 311) and 2015 (N = 120)...
April 19, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420389/assessment-of-copy-number-variation-in-genes-related-to-drug-resistance-in-plasmodium-vivax-and-plasmodium-falciparum-isolates-from-the-brazilian-amazon-and-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
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Gabriel Luíz Costa, Lara Cotta Amaral, Cor Jesus Fernandes Fontes, Luzia Helena Carvalho, Cristiana Ferreira Alves de Brito, Taís Nóbrega de Sousa
BACKGROUND: Parasite resistance to anti-malarials represents a great obstacle for malaria elimination. The majority of studies have investigated the association between single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and drug resistance; however, it is becoming clear that the copy number variation (CNV) is also associated with this parasite phenotype. To provide a baseline for molecular surveillance of anti-malarial drug resistance in the Brazilian Amazon, the present study characterized the genetic profile of both markers in the most common genes associated with drug resistance in Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax isolates...
April 19, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406404/risk-of-daytime-transmission-of-malaria-in-the-french-guiana-rain-forest
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V Pommier de Santi, I Dusfour, E de Parseval, B Lespinet, C Nguyen, P Gaborit, R Carinci, G Hyvert, R Girod, S Briolant
Between 2008 and 2014, there were 1070 malaria cases reported in French Guiana among members of the armed forces. Most of the malaria outbreaks investigated were multifactorial and followed missions conducted at illegal gold mining sites. For example, a malaria outbreak occurred in September 2013, three weeks after the deployment of 15 soldiers at Dagobert, which is such a site. The attack rate was 53%, with seven Plasmodium vivax infections and one coinfection with both Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium falciparum...
February 1, 2017: Médecine et Santé Tropicales
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401903/impact-of-metric-and-sample-size-on-determining-malaria-hotspot-boundaries
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Gillian H Stresman, Emanuele Giorgi, Amrish Baidjoe, Phil Knight, Wycliffe Odongo, Chrispin Owaga, Shehu Shagari, Euniah Makori, Jennifer Stevenson, Chris Drakeley, Jonathan Cox, Teun Bousema, Peter J Diggle
The spatial heterogeneity of malaria suggests that interventions may be targeted for maximum impact. It is unclear to what extent different metrics lead to consistent delineation of hotspot boundaries. Using data from a large community-based malaria survey in the western Kenyan highlands, we assessed the agreement between a model-based geostatistical (MBG) approach to detect hotspots using Plasmodium falciparum parasite prevalence and serological evidence for exposure. Malaria transmission was widespread and highly heterogeneous with one third of the total population living in hotspots regardless of metric tested...
April 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388902/therapeutic-efficacy-and-artemisinin-resistance-in-northern-myanmar-evidence-from-in-vivo-and-molecular-marker-studies
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Moe Kyaw Myint, Charlotte Rasmussen, Aung Thi, Dorina Bustos, Pascal Ringwald, Khin Lin
BACKGROUND: In Myanmar, three types of artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) are recommended as first-line treatment of uncomplicated falciparum malaria: artemether-lumefantrine (AL), artesunate-mefloquine (AS + MQ), and dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine (DP). Resistance to both artemisinins and ACT partner drugs has been reported from the Greater Mekong Sub-region, and regular efficacy monitoring of the recommended ACT is conducted in Myanmar. This paper reports on results from studies to monitor the efficacy of the three forms of ACT in sentinel sites in northern Myanmar, and investigations of mutations in the Kelch13 (k13) propeller domain...
April 7, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381273/characterization-of-plasmodium-falciparum-genes-associated-with-drug-resistance-in-hodh-elgharbi-a-malaria-hotspot-near-malian-mauritanian-border
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Mohamed Salem Ould Ahmedou Salem, Khadijetou Mint Lekweiry, Houssem Bouchiba, Aurelie Pascual, Bruno Pradines, Ali Ould Mohamed Salem Boukhary, Sébastien Briolant, Leonardo K Basco, Hervé Bogreau
BACKGROUND: A malaria hotspot in the southeastern region of Mauritania, near the Malian border, may hamper malaria control strategies. The objectives were to estimate the prevalence of genetic polymorphisms associated with drug resistance in Plasmodium falciparum isolates and establish baseline data. METHODS: The study was conducted in two malaria-endemic areas in Hodh Elgharbi, situated in the Malian-Mauritanian border area. Blood samples were collected from symptomatic patients...
April 5, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376883/asymptomatic-and-sub-microscopic-malaria-infection-in-kayah-state-eastern-myanmar
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Myo Thiha Zaw, Myo Thant, Tin Maung Hlaing, Naing Zin Aung, Min Thu, Kanit Phumchuea, Kanokwan Phusri, Teerawat Saeseu, Ritthideach Yorsaeng, Wang Nguitragool, Ingrid Felger, Jaranit Kaewkungwal, Liwang Cui, Jetsumon Sattabongkot
BACKGROUND: Myanmar has the heaviest burden of malaria in the Greater Mekong Sub-region. Asymptomatic Plasmodium spp. infections are common in this region and may represent an important reservoir of transmission that must be targeted for malaria elimination. METHODS: A mass blood survey was conducted among 485 individuals from six villages in Kayah State, an area of endemic but low transmission malaria in eastern Myanmar. Malaria infection was screened by rapid diagnostic test (RDT), light microscopy and real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and its association with demographic factors was explored...
April 4, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376874/genetic-polymorphisms-in-plasmodium-falciparum-chloroquine-resistance-genes-pfcrt-and-pfmdr1-in-north-sulawesi-indonesia
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Patrick Reteng, Visia Vrisca, Inka Sukarno, Ilham Habib Djarkoni, Jane Angela Kalangi, George Eduardo Jacobs, Lucky Ronald Runtuwene, Yuki Eshita, Ryuichiro Maeda, Yutaka Suzuki, Arthur Elia Mongan, Sarah Maria Warouw, Junya Yamagishi, Josef Tuda
BACKGROUND: Malaria still poses one of the major threats to human health. Development of effective antimalarial drugs has decreased this threat; however, the emergence of drug-resistant Plasmodium falciparum, a cause of Malaria, is disconcerting. The antimalarial drug chloroquine has been effectively used, but resistant parasites have spread worldwide. Interestingly, the withdrawal of the drug reportedly leads to an increased population of susceptible parasites in some cases. We examined the prevalence of genomic polymorphisms in a malaria parasite P...
April 4, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373036/efficacy-and-safety-of-artemether-lumefantrine-for-the-treatment-of-uncomplicated-falciparum-malaria-at-sentinel-sites-in-mozambique-2015
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Crizolgo Salvador, Bernardete Rafael, Francisco Matsinhe, Baltazar Candrinho, Rosália Muthemba, Eva De Carvalho, Eva Naueia, Jahit Sacarlal, Josephine Namboze, Armindo Tiago, Marian Warsame, Sónia Enosse
The resistance of Plasmodium falciparum to anti-malarial drugs continues to challenge malaria control. We assessed the therapeutic efficacy and safety of artemether-lumefantrine (AL), the first-line treatment of uncomplicated P. falciparum malaria, in children under five years of age in Mozambique. We conducted a prospective one-arm study to evaluate the clinical and parasitological efficacy of AL over 28days at four sentinel sites, using the WHO protocol for assessing the efficacy of antimalarial treatment...
April 1, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372996/parathelohania-iranica-sp-nov-microsporidia-amblyosporidae-infecting-malaria-mosquito-anopheles-superpictus-diptera-culicidae-ultrastructure-and-molecular-characterization
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Seyed-Mohammad Omrani, Seyedeh-Fatemeh Moosavi, Effat Farrokhi
Microsporidia are common pathogens of insects and sometimes are considered as a candidate in the biological control of mosquitoes. Recently a microsporidium infection was discovered in Anopheles superpictus (Diptera: Culicidae) larvae, in Iran. The responsible agent belonged to the genus Parathelohania (Microsporidia: Amblyosporidae). This study has been carried out to identify its identity at the species level. Fresh infected larvae were collected from the type locality, Kiar district, in Chahar Mahal and Bakhtiari province, at the central western of Iran...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372570/malaria-over-diagnosis-in-cameroon-diagnostic-accuracy-of-fluorescence-and-staining-technologies-fast-malaria-stain-and-led-microscopy-versus-giemsa-and-bright-field-microscopy-validated-by-polymerase-chain-reaction
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Sean M Parsel, Steven A Gustafson, Edward Friedlander, Alexander A Shnyra, Aderosoye J Adegbulu, Ying Liu, Nicole M Parrish, Syed A Jamal, Eve Lofthus, Leo Ayuk, Charles Awasom, Carolyn J Henry, Carole P McArthur
BACKGROUND: Malaria is a major world health issue and its continued burden is due, in part, to difficulties in the diagnosis of the illness. The World Health Organization recommends confirmatory testing using microscopy-based techniques or rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) for all cases of suspected malaria. In regions where Plasmodium species are indigenous, there are multiple etiologies of fever leading to misdiagnoses, especially in populations where HIV is prevalent and children. To determine the frequency of malaria infection in febrile patients over an 8-month period at the Regional Hospital in Bamenda, Cameroon, we evaluated the clinical efficacy of the Flourescence and Staining Technology (FAST) Malaria stain and ParaLens Advance(TM) microscopy system (FM) and compared it with conventional bright field microscopy and Giemsa stain (GS)...
April 4, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369268/limitations-of-rapid-diagnostic-testing-in-patients-with-suspected-malaria-a-diagnostic-accuracy-evaluation-from-swaziland-a-low-endemicity-country-aiming-for-malaria-elimination
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Nikhil Ranadive, Simon Kunene, Sarah Darteh, Nyasatu Ntshalintshali, Nomcebo Nhlabathi, Nomcebo Dlamini, Stanley Chitundu, Manik Saini, Maxwell Murphy, Adam Soble, Alanna Schwartz, Bryan Greenhouse, Michelle S Hsiang
Background.: The performance of Plasmodium falciparum-specific histidine-rich protein 2-based rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) to evaluate suspected malaria in low-endemicity settings has not been well characterized. Methods.: Using dried blood spot samples from patients with suspected malaria at 37 health facilities from 2012 to 2014 in the low-endemicity country of Swaziland, we investigated the diagnostic accuracy of histidine-rich protein 2-based RDTs using qualitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) (nested PCR targeting the cytochrome b gene) and quantitative PCR as reference standards...
May 1, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362910/treatment-of-chronic-asymptomatic-plasmodium-falciparum-infection-does-not-increase-the-risk-of-clinical-malaria-upon-reinfection
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Silvia Portugal, Tuan M Tran, Aissata Ongoiba, Aboudramane Bathily, Shanping Li, Safiatou Doumbo, Jeff Skinner, Didier Doumtabe, Younoussou Kone, Jules Sangala, Aarti Jain, D Huw Davies, Christopher Hung, Li Liang, Stacy Ricklefs, Manijeh Vafa Homann, Philip L Felgner, Stephen F Porcella, Anna Färnert, Ogobara K Doumbo, Kassoum Kayentao, Brian M Greenwood, Boubacar Traore, Peter D Crompton
Background: Chronic asymptomatic Plasmodium falciparum infections are common in endemic areas and are thought to contribute to the maintenance of malaria immunity. Whether treatment of these infections increases the subsequent risk of clinical episodes of malaria is unclear. Methods: In a 3-year study in Mali, asymptomatic individuals with or without P. falciparum infection at the end of the 6-month dry season were identified by polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and clinical malaria risk was compared during the ensuing 6-month malaria transmission season...
March 1, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352651/clinical-virological-and-biological-parameters-associated-with-outcomes-of-ebola-virus-infection-in-macenta-guinea
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Marie-Astrid Vernet, Stéphanie Reynard, Alexandra Fizet, Justine Schaeffer, Delphine Pannetier, Jeremie Guedj, Max Rives, Nadia Georges, Nathalie Garcia-Bonnet, Aboubacar I Sylla, Péma Grovogui, Jean-Yves Kerherve, Christophe Savio, Sylvie Savio-Coste, Marie-Laure de Séverac, Philippe Zloczewski, Sandrine Linares, Souley Harouna, Bing M'Lebing Abdoul, Frederic Petitjean, Nenefing Samake, Susan Shepherd, Moumouni Kinda, Fara Roger Koundouno, Ludovic Joxe, Mathieu Mateo, Patrick Lecine, Audrey Page, Tang Maleki Tchamdja, Matthieu Schoenhals, Solenne Barbe, Bernard Simon, Tuan Tran-Minh, Christophe Longuet, François L'Hériteau, Sylvain Baize
BACKGROUND. The pathogenesis of Ebola virus (EBOV) disease (EVD) is poorly characterized. The establishment of well-equipped diagnostic laboratories close to Ebola treatment centers (ETCs) has made it possible to obtain relevant virological and biological data during the course of EVD and to assess their association with the clinical course and different outcomes of the disease. METHODS. We were responsible for diagnosing EBOV infection in patients admitted to two ETCs in forested areas of Guinea. The pattern of clinical signs was recorded, and an etiological diagnosis was established by RT-PCR for EBOV infection or a rapid test for malaria and typhoid fever...
March 23, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352046/evaluation-of-sybr-green-i-based-visual-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-lamp-assay-for-genus-and-species-specific-diagnosis-of-malaria-in-p-vivax-and-p-falciparum-endemic-regions
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Ruchi Singh, Dhirendra Pratap Singh, Deepali Savargaonkar, Om P Singh, Rajendra M Bhatt, Neena Valecha
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: Loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) is an emerging nucleic acid based diag- nostic approach that is easily adaptable to the field settings with limited technical resources. This study was aimed to evaluate the LAMP assay for the detection and identification of Plasmodium falciparum and P. vivax infection in malaria suspected cases using genus and species-specific assay. METHODS: The 18S rRNA-based LAMP assay was evaluated for diagnosis of genus Plasmodium, and species- specific diagnosis of P...
January 2017: Journal of Vector Borne Diseases
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