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Malaria terminology survey

November 3, 2011 - 13:50 -- Roly Gosling

 Dear Malaria Worker,


The Global Health Group at the University of California, San Francisco would like to ask for five minutes of your time to participate in a short survey. We are looking to better understand the terminology used in describing a specific method of active case detection used within the context of malaria elimination and control. Currently there are many different terms used to describe the process of following up a confirmed case of malaria at their home (place of residence) and then searching for other infected cases in their home and surrounding neighborhood.

This method of surveillance in malaria control and elimination will continue to be used more frequently as malaria transmission reduces. It is therefore important to develop common terminology that will prevent any misunderstandings within the control and elimination communities in the future.

The questionnaire is only 10 questions long and should take around 5 minutes to complete. There is also an opportunity for you to provide the term you think would best encompass an initial investigation and any related screening activities after the index case assessment.

Please follow this link to fill out the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/caseinvestigation

We really appreciate your time and effort on this matter, and please forward this email to any colleagues who may be able to provide additional insight and perspective.

Many thanks

Roly Gosling

 

Comments

Submitted by Philip JAJOSKY on

"T-REX" of red blood cell genetic variants may prove to be valuable in terms of promoting the "Therapeutically-Rational Exchange" of malaria-resistant, malaria-protective red blood cells engineered by human evolution ("Mother Nature"). Of note, in the context of HIV, Dr. Anthony Fauci of USA's National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Disease acknowledges the value of using genetic variant cells as in the case of "the Berlin patient" HIV cure. Dr. Fauci's only objection is that this strategy for HIV is not practical as a broad public health solution. In dramatic contrast, T-REX is much simpler, safer, and cheaper in that it is simpler than preventing death from parasite-induced appendicitis via appendectomy. That is, Dr. Fauci's cost-related objection to "the Berlin patient" strategy does NOT apply to the simple T-REX exploitation of RBC genetic mutant cells. So, "T-REX" may warrant inclusion into the terminology of malaria -- because it may prove useful in decreasing malaria morbidity and mortality, especially in children where the required RBC and whole-blood volumes will be small.

Philip Jajosky, MD, MPH