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Latin America

House modifications for preventing malaria

October 20, 2020 - 16:15 -- Open Access
Furnival-Adams J, Olanga EA, Napier M, Garner P
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2020 Oct 15;10:CD013398

Despite being preventable, malaria remains an important public health problem. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that overall progress in malaria control has plateaued for the first time since the turn of the century. Researchers and policymakers are therefore exploring alternative and supplementary malaria vector control tools. Research in 1900 indicated that modification of houses may be effective in reducing malaria: this is now being revisited, with new research now examining blocking house mosquito entry points or modifying house construction materials to reduce exposure of inhabitants to infectious bites.

When fever is not malaria in Latin America: a systematic review

September 23, 2020 - 08:48 -- Open Access
Moreira J, Barros J, Lapouble O, Lacerda MVG, Felger I, Brasil P, Dittrich S, Siqueira AM
BMC Med. 2020 Sep 21;18(1):294

In malaria-endemic countries, febrile episodes caused by diseases other than malaria are a growing concern. However, limited knowledge of the prevalent etiologic agents and their geographic distributions restrict the ability of health services to address non-malarial morbidity and mortality through effective case management. Here, we review the etiology of fever in Latin America (LA) between 1980 and 2015 and map significant pathogens commonly implicated in febrile infectious diseases.

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