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WHO: Malaria diagnosis - Addressing the issue of HRP2 gene deletions

December 13, 2021 - 17:49 -- Malaria World

Access to an accurate and timely diagnosis is critical to preventing a malaria infection from progressing to severe illness and death. WHO recommends prompt malaria diagnosis either through microscopy or rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) for all patients with suspected malaria. The hundreds of millions of RDTs sold each year are designed to detect a specific protein in a person’s blood. Parasites that have mutated to no longer express that protein can evade detection by RDTs.

WHO Report - State of inequality: HIV, tuberculosis and malaria

December 9, 2021 - 20:29 -- Malaria World


This report is the first systematic global analysis of the state of inequality in HIV, TB and malaria. Drawing from two decades of global data about for a range of disease indicators and multiple dimensions of inequality, it aims to facilitate a broad understanding of inequalities in HIV, TB and malaria.

The state of inequality analysis assesses the latest situation of inequality (2011–2020), and shows how this compares to the previous decade (2001–2010). For each disease, analyses are contextualized within the current state of knowledge from the broader literature, including information about key and underserved populations. The report examines the implications of the findings, featuring examples of approaches to address unfair and remediable inequalities and opportunities for strengthening inequality monitoring. Additional resources accompany the report, including interactive visuals and data.

Event: Reviewing the World Malaria Report 2021 - a Masterclass with Pedro Alonso, Abdisalan Noor, Jennifer Gardy & Richard Steketee

December 9, 2021 - 14:07 -- MalariaWorld Events

 

Episode XXXIV: Wednesday, December 15th 2021; 3pm EAT/7am ET/1pm CET

Ifakara MasterClasses in Public Health & Infectious Diseases. Hosted by Fredros Okumu (Tanzania); Sheila Ogoma (Kenya) & Corine Karema (Rwanda).

Podcast: Rising malaria cases and deaths in 2020 attributed to pandemic disruptions

December 8, 2021 - 17:12 -- Johns Hopkins

Podcast #7 | 10 December 2021: Malaria cases rose in 2020, as did death from the disease--by 12%. What caused this? Learn more about these stark findings just published in the 2021 World Malaria Report.

Can P. vivax sporozoites having the same genotype be both tachysporozoites and bradysporozoites?

December 2, 2021 - 01:13 -- Miles Markus

Lysenko et al.’s hypothetical P. vivax tachysporozoites [1] multiply in the liver soon after inoculation into the host, whereas their hypothetical bradysporozoites form hypnozoites [1], which are the origin of relapses. This "tachy" and "brady" terminology is an extension of usage unrelated to malaria [2].

Job: Post-Doctoral Research Associate – Molecular Entomology

November 28, 2021 - 17:08 -- MalariaWorld Jobs

Organisation: Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK
Location: Liverpool with occasional travel overseas
Salary: £35,326 - £40,927 per annum
Full-time, Fixed-term appointment to 31st December 2024
Closing Date: 12th December 2021

Homologous P. vivax malarial recurrences are not necessarily relapses

November 26, 2021 - 10:29 -- Miles Markus

It was pointed out a decade ago that non-reinfection recurrences of Plasmodium vivax malaria caused by parasites that are closely related to those from an earlier time point are highly suggestive of a merozoite origin [1,2].

This would make them recrudescences (in an unknown proportion of cases), not relapses. In other words, hypnozoites [3] have nothing to do with such a recurrence.

Some recurrences that take place after 28 days post infection are also recrudescences (not relapses), as has recently been explained [2].

 

 

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