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complexity of infection

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

May 12, 2020 - 16:35 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
M. Andreína Pacheco, David A. Forero-Peña, Ananias A. Escalante, et al.
Reference: 
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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