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Malaria transmission in two rural communities in the forest zone of Ghana

May 25, 2011 - 07:53 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
Author(s): 
Ayimbire Abonuusum, Kofi Owusu-Daako, Egbert Tannich, Jürgen May, Rolf Garms and Thomas Kruppa
Reference: 
Parasitology Research, Volume 108, Number 6, 1465-1471

Malaria transmission was assessed in two rural communities, Kona and Afamanaso in Sekyere South district, Ashanti Region, in the forest zone of Ghana to provide baseline data for ongoing clinical studies and the evaluation of the effect of interventions.

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Open Access | Comparative evaluation of two rapid field tests for malaria diagnosis: Partec Rapid Malaria Test(R) and Binax Now(R) Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Test.

May 24, 2011 - 14:52 -- Patrick Sampao
Author(s): 
Bernard Nkrumah, Samuel E.K Acquah, Frank Huenger, et al.
Reference: 
BMC Infectious Diseases 2011, 11:143

We compared two recent methods (the novel Partec Rapid Malaria Test(R) (PT) and the Binax Now(R) Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Test (BN RDT) with the conventional Giemsa stain microscopy (GM) for the diagnosis of malaria among children in a clinical laboratory of a hospital in a rural endemic area of Ghana.

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Open Access | Two-year evaluation of Intermittent Preventive Treatment for Children (IPTc) combined with timely home treatment for malaria control in Ghana

May 18, 2011 - 13:10 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
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Author(s): 
Collins K Ahorlu, Kwadwo A Koram, Atsu Seake-Kwawu, Mitchell G Weiss
Reference: 
Malaria Journal 2011, 10:127 (15 May 2011)

The year-two-evaluation result indicates that IPTC given three times in a year (every four months) combined with timely treatment of febrile malaria illness, is effective to reduce malaria parasite prevalence in children aged 6 to 60 months in the study community.

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Epidemiology of Hookworm Infection in Kintampo North Municipality, Ghana: Patterns of Malaria Coinfection, Anemia, and Albendazole Treatment Failure

May 5, 2011 - 09:19 -- Patrick Sampao
Author(s): 
Debbie Humphries, Emily Mosites, Michael Cappello, et al.
Reference: 
Am J Trop Med Hyg, May 2011; 84: 792 - 800.

These data confirm a high prevalence of low-intensity hookworm infection in central Ghana and its association with poor nutritional status. The high rate of albendazole failure raises concern about emerging resistance.

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Open Access | Antibody levels to multiple malaria vaccine candidate antigens in relation to clinical malaria episodes in children in the Kasena-Nankana district of Northern Ghana

May 5, 2011 - 07:16 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
Author(s): 
Daniel Dodoo, Frank Atuguba, Samuel Bosomprah, Nana Akosua Ansah, Patrick Ansah, Helena Lamptey, Beverly Egyir, Abraham R Oduro, Ben Gyan, Abraham Hodgson, Kwadwo A Koram
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Malaria Journal 2011, 10:108 (1 May 2011)

The data from this study support the view that a multivalent vaccine involving different antigens is most likely to be more effective than a monovalent one.

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Open Access | Spatial Analysis of Land Cover Determinants of Malaria Incidence in the Ashanti Region, Ghana

March 24, 2011 - 08:18 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
Author(s): 
Anne Caroline Krefis, Norbert Georg Schwarz, Bernard Nkrumah, Samuel Acquah, Wibke Loag, Jens Oldeland, Nimako Sarpong, Yaw Adu-Sarkodie, Ulrich Ranft, Jürgen May
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PLoS ONE 6(3): e17905

Distinct cultivation in the proximity of homesteads was associated with childhood malaria in a rural area in Ghana.

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African Burkitt Lymphoma: Age-Specific Risk and Correlations with Malaria Biomarkers

March 2, 2011 - 13:26 -- Patrick Sampao
Author(s): 
Benjamin Emmanuel., Esther Kawira., Sam M. Mbulaiteye., et al.
Reference: 
Am J Trop Med Hyg, Mar 2011; 84: 397 - 401.

Our findings suggest that concurrent infection with multiple malaria genotypes may be related to onset of African Burkitt lymphoma.

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Open Access | The clinical efficacy of cryptolepis sanguinolenta in the treatment of malaria

February 22, 2011 - 08:03 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
Author(s): 
Michael S. Tempesta
Reference: 
Ghana Medical Journal March 2010, Volume 44, Number 1

The roots of cryptolepis, also known as nibima, kadze, gangamau, Ghanaian quinine and yellow-dye root (Cryptolepis sanguinolenta) have been used in Ghana-ian traditional medicine for treatment of malaria for many generations.

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Open Access | Resistance-mediating polymorphisms of Plasmodium falciparum among isolates from children with severe malaria in kumasi, ghana

February 22, 2011 - 07:59 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
Author(s): 
Abruquah H, Bio F, Tay S, Lawson B.
Reference: 
Ghana Medical Journal, Volume 44, Number 2

The study affirms Pfcrt as a better chloroquine resistance marker.

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Open Access | Variant Plasmodium ovale isolated from a patient infected in Ghana

January 25, 2011 - 06:57 -- Kabogo Ndegwa
Author(s): 
Tordrup D, Virenfeldt J, Andersen FF, Petersen E
Reference: 
Malaria Journal 2011, 10:15 (22 January 2011)

Recent data have found that Plasmodium ovale can be separated in two distinct species: classic and variant P. ovale based on multilocus typing of different genes.

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