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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933559/-contribution-of-nested-pcr-in-the-diagnosis-of-imported-malaria-in-southern-algeria
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L Bouiba, B Gassen, M Gasmi, D Hammadi, Z Harrat
The nested PCR was used to estimate its inputs in malaria diagnosis and in the performance of the microscope operators involved in the surveillance of malaria in remote areas of South Algeria. For the period 2010 to 2015, 112 patients (93 febrile and 19 asymptomatic) coming from sub-Saharan Africa were tested for malaria in the hospital of Tamanrasset. One part of the blood taken from fingertip was used for blood smears and the second part was absorbed in filter paper for molecular diagnosis. Overall, the infection was detected by nested PCR in 63 samples versus 53 by direct examination...
December 8, 2016: Bulletin de la Société de Pathologie Exotique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930652/safety-and-reproducibility-of-a-clinical-trial-system-using-induced-blood-stage-plasmodium-vivax-infection-and-its-potential-as-a-model-to-evaluate-malaria-transmission
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Paul Griffin, Cielo Pasay, Suzanne Elliott, Silvana Sekuloski, Maggy Sikulu, Leon Hugo, David Khoury, Deborah Cromer, Miles Davenport, Jetsumon Sattabongkot, Karen Ivinson, Christian Ockenhouse, James McCarthy
BACKGROUND: Interventions to interrupt transmission of malaria from humans to mosquitoes represent an appealing approach to assist malaria elimination. A limitation has been the lack of systems to test the efficacy of such interventions before proceeding to efficacy trials in the field. We have previously demonstrated the feasibility of induced blood stage malaria (IBSM) infection with Plasmodium vivax. In this study, we report further validation of the IBSM model, and its evaluation for assessment of transmission of P...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926919/plasmodium-falciparum-infection-status-among-children-with-schistosoma-in-sub-saharan-africa-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Abraham Degarege, Dawit Degarege, Emir Veledar, Berhanu Erko, Mathieu Nacher, Consuelo M Beck-Sague, Purnima Madhivanan
BACKGROUND: It has been suggested that Schistosoma infection may be associated with Plasmodium falciparum infection or related reduction in haemoglobin level, but the nature of this interaction remains unclear. This systematic review synthesized evidence on the relationship of S. haematobium or S. mansoni infection with the occurrence of P. falciparum malaria, Plasmodium density and related reduction in haemoglobin level among children in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: A systematic review in according with PRISMA guidelines was conducted...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899111/plasmodium-malariae-in-the-colombian-amazon-region-you-don-t-diagnose-what-you-don-t-suspect
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Carlos Hernando Niño, Juan Ricardo Cubides, Paola Andrea Camargo-Ayala, Carlos Arturo Rodríguez-Celis, Teódulo Quiñones, Moisés Tomás Cortés-Castillo, Lizeth Sánchez-Suárez, Ricardo Sánchez, Manuel Elkin Patarroyo, Manuel Alfonso Patarroyo
BACKGROUND: Malaria is a worldwide public health problem; parasites from the genus Plasmodium spp. are the aetiological agent of this disease. The parasite is mainly diagnosed by microscope-based techniques. However, these have limited sensitivity. Many asymptomatic infections are sub-microscopic and can only be detected by molecular methods. This study was aimed at comparing nested PCR results to those obtained by microscope for diagnosing malaria and to present epidemiological data regarding malaria in Colombia's Amazon department...
November 29, 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/27887652/limitations-of-malaria-reactive-case-detection-in-an-area-of-low-and-unstable-transmission-on-the-myanmar-thailand-border
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Daniel M Parker, Jordi Landier, Lorenz von Seidlein, Arjen Dondorp, Lisa White, Borimas Hanboonkunupakarn, Richard J Maude, François H Nosten
BACKGROUND: Reactive case detection is an approach that has been proposed as a tool for malaria elimination in low-transmission settings. It is an intuitively justified approach based on the concept of space-time clustering of malaria cases. When an index malaria clinical case is detected, it triggers reactive screening and treatment in the index house and neighbouring houses. However, the efficacy of this approach at varying screening radii and malaria prevalence remains ill defined...
November 25, 2016: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870874/associations-between-season-and-gametocyte-dynamics-in-chronic-plasmodium-falciparum-infections
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Amal A H Gadalla, Petra Schneider, Thomas S Churcher, Elkhansaa Nassir, Abdel-Muhsin A Abdel-Muhsin, Lisa C Ranford-Cartwright, Sarah E Reece, Hamza A Babiker
INTRODUCTION: In a markedly seasonal malaria setting, the transition from the transmission-free dry season to the transmission season depends on the resurgence of the mosquito population following the start of annual rains. The sudden onset of malaria outbreaks at the start of the transmission season suggests that parasites persist during the dry season and respond to either the reappearance of vectors, or correlated events, by increasing the production of transmission stages. Here, we investigate whether Plasmodium falciparum gametocyte density and the correlation between gametocyte density and parasite density show seasonal variation in chronic (largely asymptomatic) carriers in eastern Sudan...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867517/protective-immunity-to-liver-stage-malaria
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Lauren E Holz, Daniel Fernandez-Ruiz, William R Heath
Despite decades of research and recent clinical trials, an efficacious long-lasting preventative vaccine for malaria remains elusive. This parasite infects mammals via mosquito bites, progressing through several stages including the relatively short asymptomatic liver stage followed by the more persistent cyclic blood stage, the latter of which is responsible for all disease symptoms. As the liver acts as a bottleneck to blood-stage infection, it represents a potential site for parasite and disease control...
October 2016: Clinical & Translational Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861509/parasitological-clearance-rates-and-drug-concentrations-of-a-fixed-dose-combination-of-azithromycin-chloroquine-in-asymptomatic-pregnant-women-with-plasmodium-falciparum-parasitemia-an-open-label-non-comparative-study-in-sub-saharan-africa
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Kamija Phiri, Joshua Kimani, George A Mtove, Qinying Zhao, Ricardo Rojo, Jeffery Robbins, Stephan Duparc, Ayman Ayoub, Pol Vandenbroucke
BACKGROUND: Malaria remains one of the most important causes of morbidity and mortality in pregnant women and their newborn babies in sub-Saharan Africa. Intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy (IPTp) is recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) to reduce the burden of disease and improve maternal and neonatal survival and general health. Due to the growing resistance to sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP), the current WHO-recommended drug for IPTp, identification of new and effective drugs is an urgent priority...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27842555/low-prevalence-of-laboratory-confirmed-malaria-in-clinically-diagnosed-adult-women-from-the-wakiso-district-of-uganda
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Sergey Yegorov, Ronald M Galiwango, Aloysious Ssemaganda, Moses Muwanga, Irene Wesonga, George Miiro, David A Drajole, Kevin C Kain, Noah Kiwanuka, Bernard S Bagaya, Rupert Kaul
BACKGROUND: The malaria burden in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has fallen substantially. Nevertheless, malaria remains a serious health concern, and Uganda ranks third in SSA in total malaria burden. Epidemiological studies of adult malaria in Uganda are scarce and little is known about rates of malaria in non-pregnant adult women. This pilot study assessed malaria prevalence among adult women from Wakiso district, historically a highly malaria endemic region. METHODS: Adult women using public health services were screened for malaria, HIV and pregnancy...
November 14, 2016: Malaria Journal
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/27829450/post-exposure-serological-responses-to-malaria-parasites-in-potential-blood-donors
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Daniela Portugal-Calisto, Ana Raquel Ferreira, Marcelo Sousa Silva, Rosa Teodósio
BACKGROUND: Cases of transfusion-transmitted malaria have been described around the world and highlighted in some studies. Semi-immune individuals are more likely to transmit malaria as they may be asymptomatic. Some countries allow blood donations only based on epidemiological criteria while others reinforce their criteria with serological tests. However, little is known about the longevity of anti-Plasmodium spp. antibodies and its meaning in blood donation. Therefore, this study aims to assess the longevity of different subclasses of anti-Plasmodium spp...
November 9, 2016: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27825738/the-gametocytocidal-efficacy-of-different-single-doses-of-primaquine-with-dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine-in-asymptomatic-parasite-carriers-in-the-gambia-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Joseph Okebe, Teun Bousema, Muna Affara, Gian Luca Di Tanna, Edgard Dabira, Abdoulaye Gaye, Frank Sanya-Isijola, Henry Badji, Simon Correa, Davis Nwakanma, Jean-Pierre Van Geertruyden, Chris Drakeley, Umberto D'Alessandro
BACKGROUND: Asymptomatic low-density gametocyte carriers represent the majority of malaria-infected individuals. However, the impact of recommended treatment with single low dose of primaquine and an artemisinin-based combination therapy to reduce transmission in this group is unknown. METHODS: This was a four-arm, open label, randomized controlled trial comparing the effect of dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine (DHAP) alone or combined with single dose of primaquine (PQ) at 0...
October 23, 2016: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27821186/the-changing-malaria-landscape-in-aseer-region-kingdom-of-saudi-arabia-2000-2015
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Ali Mohamed Alshahrani, Tarig M Abdelgader, Ibrahim Saeed, AbdulRhman Al-Akhshami, Mohamed Al-Ghamdi, Mohammed H Al-Zahrani, Ibrahim El Hassan, David Kyalo, Robert W Snow
BACKGROUND: In 2004, a revised action plan was developed, supported by the World Health Organization, to eliminate malaria from Saudi Arabia by preventing re-introduction of malaria into regions since declared malaria free, eliminating foci of transmission in the Mecca and Medina areas and a concerted effort of foci surveillance and control, to eliminate malaria from the regions of Jazan and Aseer. This paper provides the context, activities, progress, and possible contributions toward malaria elimination in the Aseer region since 2000, with a more detailed analysis of the spatial location of locally acquired case incidence since 2012...
November 8, 2016: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27812662/absence-of-asymptomatic-cases-of-malaria-in-a-historically-endemic-indigenous-locality-of-the-department-of-caaguaz%C3%A3%C2%BA-paraguay-moving-toward-elimination
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Eugenia Duarte de Barrios, Graciela Russomando, Florencia Del Puerto
INTRODUCTION: Paraguay was among the 16 countries that reported zero indigenous malaria cases in 2014. METHODS: A cross-sectional observational descriptive study was performed in 100 adults from Santa Teresa, Paraguay. Parasite detection was carried out using seminested multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and microscopy. RESULTS: Among the participants, 44% were female and 56% were male, and 89% had a malaria history. No parasites were detected with either of the methods...
September 2016: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
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/27799639/epidemiology-of-plasmodium-vivax-malaria-in-peru
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Angel Rosas-Aguirre, Dionicia Gamboa, Paulo Manrique, Jan E Conn, Marta Moreno, Andres G Lescano, Juan F Sanchez, Hugo Rodriguez, Hermann Silva, Alejandro Llanos-Cuentas, Joseph M Vinetz
Malaria in Peru, dominated by Plasmodium vivax, remains a public health problem. The 1990s saw newly epidemic malaria emerge, primarily in the Loreto Department in the Amazon region, including areas near to Iquitos, the capital city, but sporadic malaria transmission also occurred in the 1990s-2000s in both north-coastal Peru and the gold mining regions of southeastern Peru. Although a Global Fund-supported intervention (PAMAFRO, 2005-2010) was temporally associated with a decrease of malaria transmission, from 2012 to the present, both P...
October 31, 2016: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27784899/plasma-ang2-and-adam17-levels-are-elevated-during-clinical-malaria-ang2-level-correlates-with-severity-and-expression-of-epcr-binding-pfemp1
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Jens E V Petersen, Sixbert I Mkumbaye, Anna V Vaaben, Alphaxard Manjurano, Eric Lyimo, Reginald A Kavishe, Steven B Mwakalinga, Jacklin Mosha, Daniel T R Minja, John P A Lusingu, Thor G Theander, Thomas Lavstsen, Christian W Wang
The pathogenesis of Plasmodium falciparum malaria involves a complex interplay between parasite adhesion and inflammatory response that includes release of cytokines and activation of the endothelium with accompanying release of Angiopoitin 2 (Ang2) to the plasma. A-disintegrin and metalloproteinase 17 (ADAM17) is a protein responsible for releasing cytokines, including Tumor Necrosis Factor α (TNFα), and shedding of adhesion proteins. In this study, we show that plasma levels of ADAM17 are increased in Tanzanian children hospitalized with a malaria infection compared with asymptomatic children but similar to children hospitalized with other infectious diseases...
October 27, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27757247/an-outbreak-investigation-of-scrub-typhus-in-western-province-solomon-islands-2014
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27756399/asymptomatic-malaria-growth-status-and-anaemia-among-children-in-lao-people-s-democratic-republic-a-cross-sectional-study
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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
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