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Prevalence of submicroscopic malaria infection in immigrants living in Spain

July 21, 2019 - 21:43 -- Open Access
Isabel Fradejas, José Miguel Rubio, Ana Pérez‑Ayala, et al.
Malaria Journal 2019 18:242, 17 July 2019

The importance of submicroscopic malaria infections in high-transmission areas could contribute to maintain the parasite cycle. Regarding non-endemic areas, its importance remains barely understood because parasitaemia in these afebrile patients is usually below the detection limits for microscopy, hence molecular techniques are often needed for its diagnosis. In addition to this, the lack of standardized protocols for the screening of submicroscopic malaria in immigrants from endemic areas may underestimate the infection with Plasmodium spp. The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of submicroscopic malaria in afebrile immigrants living in a non-endemic area.


Imported cases of malaria in Spain: observational study using nationally reported statistics and surveillance data, 2002–2015

July 12, 2019 - 16:30 -- Open Access
Zaida Herrador, Beatriz Fernández-Martinez, Víctor Quesada-Cubo, Oliva Diaz-Garcia, Rosa Cano, Agustín Benito and Diana Gómez-Barroso
Malaria Journal 2019 18:230, 10 July 2019

Malaria was eliminated in Spain in 1964. Since then, more than 10,000 cases of malaria have been reported, mostly in travellers and migrants, making it the most frequently imported disease into this country. In order to improve knowledge on imported malaria cases characteristics, the two main malaria data sources were assessed: the national surveillance system and the hospital discharge database (CMBD).


Event: iVAX Fellowship for Investigators from Malaria Endemic Countries

April 4, 2013 - 21:03 -- MalariaWorld Events

15 travel fellowships will be awarded to scientists from malaria endemic countries that submit an abstract for the “Advances in Plasmodium vivax Malaria Research” conference, 28-30 May 2013 in Barcelona Spain.

The deadline for submission of applications is April 12, 2013.

Event: Advances in Plasmodium vivax Malaria Research & Assessing the Plasmodium vivax Research Agenda: Interdisciplinary Workshops

March 14, 2013 - 18:00 -- MalariaWorld Events


Date: 28-30 May 2013

Hour: 8am – 6pm

Venue: CosmoCaixa, Barcelona, Spain


CLOSED: Job: Postdoctoral Fellow: Malaria transmission-blocking research (Entomologist/Malariologist)

February 8, 2012 - 19:36 -- MalariaWorld Jobs
Job Title: PhD. Principal Scientist, Malaria transmission blocking
Department: Parasitology and Cell Biology department, Malaria DPU, Tres Cantos Medicine Development Campus
Reporting to: Manager Parasitology and Cell Biology, Malaria DPU
Staff Managed: 3 people
Location: Tres Cantos, Madrid, Spain
Application deadline: open until filled

Open Access | Letter: Plasmodium falciparum in Asymptomatic Immigrants from Sub-Saharan Africa, Spain

February 2, 2012 - 11:26 -- Patrick Sampao
Begoña Monge-Maillo, Francesca Norman, José Antonio Pérez-Molina, Marta Díaz-Menéndez, Jose Miguel Rubio, and Rogelio López-Vélez
Emerging Infectious Diseases, Volume 18, Number 2—February 2012

MalariaWorldIn 2010, we reviewed the medical records of 314 asymptomatic (defined as patients with no symptoms at the time of consultation) immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa who had settled in Spain, had not traveled to their countries of origin since arrival, and had been examined at the Tropical Medicine Unit (TMU) of the Ramon y Cajal Hospital in Madrid during the previous 5 years.

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Open Access | Case Report: First case of detection of Plasmodium knowlesi in Spain by Real Time PCR in a traveller from Southeast Asia

July 29, 2010 - 11:16 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
Ta Tang T, Salas A, Ali-Tammam M, Martinez M, Lanza M, Arroyo E, Rubio J
Malaria Journal 2010, 9:219 (27 July 2010)

Previously, Plasmodium knowlesi was not considered as a species of Plasmodium that could cause malaria in human beings, as it is parasite of long-tailed (Macaca fascicularis) and pig-tailed (Macaca nemestrina) macaques found in Southeast Asia.

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