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Michael Marks, Cynthia Joshua, Jenny Longbottom, Katherine Longbottom, Alison Sio, Elliot Puiahi, Greg Jilini, John Stenos, Tenneth Dalipanda, Jennie Musto
OBJECTIVE: To identify the etiology and risk factors of undifferentiated fever in a cluster of patients in Western Province, Solomon Islands, May 2014. METHODS: An outbreak investigation with a case control study was conducted. A case was defined as an inpatient in one hospital in Western Province, Solomon Islands with high fever (> 38.5 °C) and a negative malaria microscopy test admitted between 1 and 31 May 2014. Asymptomatic controls matched with the cases residentially were recruited in a ratio of 1:2...
January 2016: Western Pacific Surveillance and Response Journal: WPSAR
Takeshi Akiyama, Tiengkham Pongvongsa, Souraxay Phrommala, Tomoyo Taniguchi, Yuba Inamine, Rie Takeuchi, Tadashi Watanabe, Futoshi Nishimoto, Kazuhiko Moji, Shigeyuki Kano, Hisami Watanabe, Jun Kobayashi
BACKGROUND: Asymptomatic malaria can be observed in both stable endemic areas and unstable transmission areas. However, although much attention has been given to acute malaria infections, relatively little attention has been paid to asymptomatic malaria. Nonetheless, because the asymptomatic host serves as a reservoir for the malaria parasite, asymptomatic malaria is now recognized as an important obstacle to malaria elimination. Asymptomatic malaria is also associated with anaemia, a global public health problem with serious consequences on human health as well as social and economic development...
October 18, 2016: Malaria Journal
Tiengkham Pongvongsa, Daisuke Nonaka, Moritoshi Iwagami, Masami Nakatsu, Panom Phongmany, Futoshi Nishimoto, Jun Kobayashi, Bouasy Hongvanthon, Paul T Brey, Kazuhiko Moji, Toshihiro Mita, Shigeyuki Kano
BACKGROUND: In the Lao PDR, malaria morbidity and mortality have remarkably decreased over the past decade. However, asymptomatic infections in rural villages contribute to the on-going local transmission. The primary objective of this study was to explore the characteristics of infections in a malaria-endemic district of the Lao PDR. The specific objectives were to investigate the prevalence and species of malaria parasites using molecular methods and to assess individual and household parasite levels and the characteristics associated with malaria infection...
October 18, 2016: Malaria Journal
Abel Kakuru, Paul Natureeba, Mary K Muhindo, Tamara D Clark, Diane V Havlir, Deborah Cohan, Grant Dorsey, Moses R Kamya, Theodore Ruel
BACKGROUND: HIV-exposed, uninfected (HEU) infants suffer high morbidity and mortality in the first year of life compared to HIV-unexposed, uninfected (HUU) infants, but accurate data on the contribution of malaria are limited. METHODS: The incidence of febrile illnesses and malaria were evaluated in a birth cohort of HEU infants. Infants were prescribed daily trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (TS) prophylaxis from 6 weeks of age until exclusion of HIV-infection after cessation of breastfeeding...
October 18, 2016: Malaria Journal
Bhavna Gupta, Daniel M Parker, Qi Fan, B P Niranjan Reddy, Guiyun Yan, Jetsumon Sattabongkot, Liwang Cui
Malaria transmission along international borders of the Greater Mekong Subregion is a big challenge for regional malaria elimination. At the Thai-Myanmar border, Plasmodium falciparum cases have dropped dramatically; however, increasing P. vivax prevalence and the emerging reports on hidden malaria burden due to asymptomatic infections demand attention. We conducted cross-sectional surveys to detect asymptomatic malaria infections in a small village located at Thai-Myanmar border and genotyped P. vivax infections in order to understand the level of genetic diversity on such a microgeographic scale...
September 28, 2016: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
Thato Motshoge, Grace K Ababio, Larysa Aleksenko, John Read, Elias Peloewetse, Mazhani Loeto, Tjantilili Mosweunyane, Kentse Moakofhi, Davies S Ntebele, Simon Chihanga, Mpho Motlaleng, Anderson Chinorumba, Moses Vurayai, Jeffrey M Pernica, Giacomo M Paganotti, Isaac K Quaye
BACKGROUND: Botswana is one of eight SADC countries targeting malaria elimination by 2018. Through spirited upscaling of control activities and passive surveillance, significant reductions in case incidence of Plasmodium falciparum (0.96 - 0.01) was achieved between 2008 and 2012. As part of the elimination campaign, active detection of asymptomatic Plasmodium species by a highly sensitive method was deemed necessary. This study was carried out to determine asymptomatic Plasmodium species carriage by nested PCR in the country, in 2012...
September 29, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Sompwe Eric Mukomena, Cilundika Mulenga Philipe, Mashinda Kulimba Désiré, Lutumba Tshindele Pascal, Mapatano Mala Ali, Luboya Numbi Oscar
INTRODUCTION: Long neglected, asymptomatic malaria is currently recognized as a potential threat and obstacle to malaria control. In DR Congo, the prevalence of this parasite is poorly documented. This study aims to determine the prevalence of asymptomatic parasitaemia in children less than 5 years of age as well as in those aged over five years for what concerns ongoing mass control interventions (LLINs). METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study conducted among school age children, children less than 5 years of age living in the household of Lubumbashi...
2016: Pan African Medical Journal
L Getaz, L Da Silva-Santos, H Wolff, M Vitoria, N Serre-Delcor, J C Lozano-Becerra, F Chappuis, P Albajar-Viñas
A number of infectious diseases amongst travelers and the immigrant populations are a major public health concern. Some have a long incubation period or remain asymptomatic or paucisymptomatic for many years before leading to significant clinical manifestations and/or complications. HIV, hepatitis B and C, tuberculosis or latent syphilis are among the most significant persistent diseases in migrants. Schistosomiasis and strongyloidiasis, for instance, are persistent helminthic infections that may cause significant morbidity, particularly in patients co-infected with HIV, hepatitis B and C...
October 2016: Revista Española de Sanidad Penitenciaria
Mwayiwawo Madanitsa, Linda Kalilani, Victor Mwapasa, Anna M van Eijk, Carole Khairallah, Doreen Ali, Cheryl Pace, James Smedley, Kyaw-Lay Thwai, Brandt Levitt, Duolao Wang, Arthur Kang'ombe, Brian Faragher, Steve M Taylor, Steve Meshnick, Feiko O Ter Kuile
BACKGROUND: In Africa, most plasmodium infections during pregnancy remain asymptomatic, yet are associated with maternal anemia and low birthweight. WHO recommends intermittent preventive therapy in pregnancy with sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (IPTp-SP). However, sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP) efficacy is threatened by high-level parasite resistance. We conducted a trial to evaluate the efficacy and safety of scheduled intermittent screening with malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) and treatment of RDT-positive women with dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine (DP) as an alternative strategy to IPTp-SP...
September 2016: PLoS Medicine
Herdiana Herdiana, Chris Cotter, Farah N Coutrier, Iska Zarlinda, Brittany W Zelman, Yusrifar Kharisma Tirta, Bryan Greenhouse, Roly D Gosling, Peter Baker, Maxine Whittaker, Michelle S Hsiang
BACKGROUND: As malaria transmission declines, it becomes more geographically focused and more likely due to asymptomatic and non-falciparum infections. To inform malaria elimination planning in the context of this changing epidemiology, local assessments on the risk factors for malaria infection are necessary, yet challenging due to the low number of malaria cases. METHODS: A population-based, cross-sectional study was performed using passive and active surveillance data collected in Aceh Besar District, Indonesia from 2014 to 2015...
2016: Malaria Journal
Grégoire Falq, Rafael Van Den Bergh, Martin De Smet, William Etienne, Chea Nguon, Huy Rekol, Mallika Imwong, Arjen Dondorp, Jean-Marie Kindermans
BACKGROUND: In Cambodia, elimination of artemisinin resistance through direct elimination of the Plasmodium falciparum parasite may be the only strategy. Prevalence and incidence at district and village levels were assessed in Chey Saen district, Preah Vihear province, North of Cambodia. Molecular and clinical indicators for artemisinin resistance were documented. METHODS: A cross sectional prevalence survey was conducted at village level in the district of Chey Saen from September to October 2014...
2016: Malaria Journal
Mary F Fontana, Alyssa Baccarella, Joshua F Craft, Michelle J Boyle, Tara I McIntyre, Matthew D Wood, Kurt S Thorn, Chioma Anidi, Aqieda Bayat, Me Ree Chung, Rebecca Hamburger, Chris Y Kim, Emily Pearman, Jennifer Pham, Jia J Tang, Louis Boon, Moses R Kamya, Grant Dorsey, Margaret E Feeney, Charles C Kim
In humans, immunity to Plasmodium sp. generally takes the form of protection from symptomatic malaria (i.e., 'clinical immunity') rather than infection ('sterilizing immunity'). In contrast, mice infected with Plasmodium develop sterilizing immunity, hindering progress in understanding the mechanistic basis of clinical immunity. Here we present a novel model in which mice persistently infected with P. chabaudi exhibit limited clinical symptoms despite sustaining patent parasite burdens for many months. Characterization of immune responses in persistently infected mice revealed development of CD4+ T cell exhaustion, increased production of IL-10, and expansion of B cells with an atypical surface phenotype...
2016: PloS One
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
Jaishree Raman, Natashia Morris, John Frean, Basil Brooke, Lucille Blumberg, Philip Kruger, Aaron Mabusa, Eric Raswiswi, Bridget Shandukani, Eunice Misani, Mary-Anne Groepe, Devanand Moonasar
BACKGROUND: With a sustained national malaria incidence of fewer than one case per 1000 population at risk, in 2012 South Africa officially transitioned from controlling malaria to the ambitious goal of eliminating malaria within its borders by 2018. This review assesses the progress made in the 3 years since programme re-orientation while highlighting challenges and suggesting priorities for moving the malaria programme towards elimination. METHODS: National malaria case data and annual spray coverage data from 2010 until 2014 were assessed for trends...
2016: Malaria Journal
Valérie Briand, Jean-Yves Le Hesran, Mayfong Mayxay, Paul N Newton, Gwladys Bertin, Sandrine Houzé, Sommay Keomany, Yom Inthavong, Nanthasane Vannavong, Keobouphaphone Chindavongsa, Bouasy Hongvanthong, Nadine Fievet
BACKGROUND: There are no data on the burden of malaria in pregnancy (MiP) in Laos, where malaria still remains prevalent in the south. METHODS: Two cross-sectional surveys were conducted in 2014 to assess the prevalence of MiP in Vapi District, Salavan Province, southern Laos: the first consisted of screening 204 pregnant women during pregnancies [mean (95 % CI) gestational age: 23 (22-25) weeks] living in 30 randomly selected villages in Vapi District; the second was conducted among 331 pregnant women, who delivered during the study period in Vapi and Toumlane District Hospitals and in Salavan Provincial Hospital...
2016: Malaria Journal
Hasan Hamze, Rhianna Charchuk, Makelele Katsuva Jean Paul, Kasereka Masumbuko Claude, Mashukano Léon, Michael T Hawkes
BACKGROUND: Malaria contributes to elevated morbidity and mortality in populations displaced by conflict in tropical zones. In an attempt to reduce malaria transmission in an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), we tested a strategy of active case detection of household contacts of malaria cases. METHODS: Prospective community-based survey. RESULTS: From a convenience sample of 100 febrile patients under 5 years of age from the IDP camp presenting to a nearby clinic for management of a fever episode, 19 cases of uncomplicated malaria and 81 controls with non-malarial febrile illness (NFMI) were diagnosed...
September 2016: Pathogens and Global Health
Kelly M Searle, Harry Hamapumbu, Jailos Lubinda, Timothy M Shields, Jessie Pinchoff, Tamaki Kobayashi, Jennifer C Stevenson, Daniel J Bridges, David A Larsen, Philip E Thuma, William J Moss
BACKGROUND: As malaria transmission declines in many regions of sub-Saharan Africa, interventions to identify the asymptomatic reservoir are being deployed with the goals of improving surveillance and interrupting transmission. Reactive case detection strategies, in which individuals with clinical malaria are followed up at their home and household residents and neighbours are screened and treated for malaria, are increasingly used as part of malaria elimination programmes. METHODS: A reactive screen-and-treat programme was implemented by the National Malaria Control Centre in Southern Province, Zambia, in which individuals residing within 140 m of an index case were screened with a malaria rapid diagnostic test (RDT) and treated if positive...
2016: Malaria Journal
Sarah O'Neill, Susan Dierickx, Joseph Okebe, Edgard Dabira, Charlotte Gryseels, Umberto d'Alessandro, Koen Peeters Grietens
BACKGROUND: Clinical trials require high levels of participation and low drop-out rates to be successful. However, collecting blood samples from individuals recruited into clinical trials can be challenging when there is reticence about blood-taking. In addition to concerns regarding the feasibility of medical research, fears of 'blood-stealing' and 'blood-selling' have ethical implications related to cultural sensitivity and informed consent. This study explores anxieties around blood-taking during a malaria treatment trial in the Gambia...
2016: PloS One
Tuan M Tran, Marcus B Jones, Aissata Ongoiba, Else M Bijker, Remko Schats, Pratap Venepally, Jeff Skinner, Safiatou Doumbo, Edwin Quinten, Leo G Visser, Elizabeth Whalen, Scott Presnell, Elise M O'Connell, Kassoum Kayentao, Ogobara K Doumbo, Damien Chaussabel, Hernan Lorenzi, Thomas B Nutman, Tom H M Ottenhoff, Mariëlle C Haks, Boubacar Traore, Ewen F Kirkness, Robert W Sauerwein, Peter D Crompton
Identifying molecular predictors and mechanisms of malaria disease is important for understanding how Plasmodium falciparum malaria is controlled. Transcriptomic studies in humans have so far been limited to retrospective analysis of blood samples from clinical cases. In this prospective, proof-of-principle study, we compared whole-blood RNA-seq profiles at pre-and post-infection time points from Malian adults who were either asymptomatic (n = 5) or febrile (n = 3) during their first seasonal PCR-positive P...
2016: Scientific Reports
Faustina Helena Burdam, Mohammad Hakimi, Franciscus Thio, Enny Kenangalem, Ratni Indrawanti, Rintis Noviyanti, Leily Trianty, Jutta Marfurt, Irene Handayuni, Yati Soenarto, Nicholas M Douglas, Nicholas M Anstey, Ric N Price, Jeanne Rini Poespoprodjo
BACKGROUND: Anaemia in children under five years old is associated with poor health, growth and developmental outcomes. In Papua, Indonesia, where the burden of anaemia in infants is high, we conducted a community survey to assess the association between Plasmodium infection, helminth carriage and the risk of anaemia. METHODS: A cross sectional household survey was carried out between April and July 2013 in 16 villages in the District of Mimika using a multistage sampling procedure...
2016: PloS One
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