MESA Correspondents bring you cutting-edge coverage from the virtual ASTMH 2020 Annual Meeting
Day 2: Monday, 16th November 2020
On Monday, November 16th, the MESA Correspondents reported from the following sessions:
- Symposium #3: Can We Ignore "Asymptomatic" Low-Density Malaria Any More? Speakers: Lucy Okell, Dylan R. Pillai, Giller Cottrell and Fitsum Tadesse.
- Symposium #19: Mechanistic Dose-Response Modelling of Antimalarial Drugs Speakers: Joel Tarning, Palag Chotsiri, Karen Barnes, Julie Simpson.
- Symposium #20: A Fundamental Way to Prevent Malaria in Pregnancy: Improving Health Outcomes for Pregnant Women and Their Babies One Nurse and Midwife at a Time Speakers: Pedro Alonso, Maud Lugand, Aissata Fofana, Yacouba Ouedraogo and Jenipher Mukolwe Angaha.
And the Plenary Session II on COVID-19: Lessons Learned and Future Challenges Speakers Anthony Fauci, John N. Nkengasong, Heidi Larson and Richard Hatchett.
Lucy Okell (Imperial College London, United Kingdom) presented studies to highlight that detecting low-density malaria infections and identifying what factors drive infection in asymptomatic individuals are important elements in malaria elimination. Several studies have shown that low-density infections, undetectable by microscopy, are common in both P. falciparum and P. vivax. These low-density infections require ultrasensitive assays, e.g. qPCR, to be detected.
For the full report of Day 2 see pdf attached
This report is brought to you by the MESA Correspondents. Senior editorial support has been facilitated by the Organizers and Co-Chairs of the symposia, Valentina Mangano (University of Pisa) and Julie Chaccour (Independent Consultant). This report is cross-posted on the MESA website and on MalariaWorld.