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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Distinct cultivation in the proximity of homesteads was associated with childhood malaria in a rural area in Ghana.
Our findings suggest that concurrent infection with multiple malaria genotypes may be related to onset of African Burkitt lymphoma.
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.
The study affirms Pfcrt as a better chloroquine resistance marker.
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.