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NOT Open Access | Malaria among migrants in a university hospital in Colombia during 2018: A case series

December 30, 2020 - 13:47 -- NOT Open Access
Carreño-Almánzar FR, Coronado-Galán A, Cala-Gómez SA, Vega-Vera A
Trop Doct. 2020 Dec 23:49475520981301

Imported malaria has increased in Colombia since 2015 and has been attributed to migrants coming from Venezuela. We present a series of malaria cases, nested in a retrospective cross-sectional study between 2017 and 2018, aimed at calculating the prevalence of medical diseases among immigrants in a University Hospital in Colombia.

Cross-border COVID-19 spread amidst malaria re-emergence in Venezuela: a human rights analysis

December 23, 2020 - 09:43 -- Open Access
Correa-Salazar C, Amon JJ
Global Health. 2020 Dec 17;16(1):118

Since 2016 Venezuela has seen a collapse in its economy and public health infrastructure resulting in a humanitarian crisis and massive outward migration. With the emergence of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 at the end of 2019, the public health emergency within its borders and in neighboring countries has become more severe and as increasing numbers of Venezuelans migrants return home or get stuck along migratory routes, new risks are emerging in the region.

Malaria in Venezuela: changes in the complexity of infection reflects the increment in transmission intensity

May 12, 2020 - 16:35 -- Open Access
M. Andreína Pacheco, David A. Forero-Peña, Ananias A. Escalante, et al.
Malaria Journal 2020 19:176, 7 May 2020

Malaria incidence has reached staggering numbers in Venezuela. Commonly, Bolívar State accounted for approximately 70% of the country cases every year. Most cases cluster in the Sifontes municipality, a region characterized by an extractive economy, including gold mining. An increase in migration to Sifontes, driven by gold mining, fueled a malaria spillover to the rest of the country and the region. Here samples collected in 2018 were compared with a previous study of 2003/2004 to describe changes in the parasites population structures and the frequency of point mutations linked to anti-malarial drugs.

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