A long-held assumption has been that nearly all malaria deaths in high-transmission areas are of children younger than 5 years and pregnant women. Most global malaria mortality estimates incorporate this assumption in their calculations. In 2010, the Indian Million Death Study, which assigns cause of death by verbal autopsy (VA), challenged the reigning perception, producing a U-shaped mortality age curve, with rates rising after age 45 years in areas of India with substantial malaria transmission.
- The diagnosis of malaria should always be considered in travelers returning from an endemic area and presenting with fever or a history of fever, either isolated or combined with other general, digestive, and/or respiratory symptoms, even if appropriate chemoprophylaxis was used.
- Outpatient management of uncomplicated Plasmodium falciparum malaria may be implemented if precise clinical and biological criteria are met and if medical follow-up is possible.
Approximately 6% of children hospitalised with severe falciparum malaria in Africa are also bacteremic. It is therefore recommended that all children with severe malaria should receive broad spectrum antibiotics in addition to parenteral artesunate. Empirical antibiotics are not recommended currently for adults with severe malaria.
Asymptomatic carriage of Plasmodium falciparum is widespread in adults and children living in malaria-endemic countries. This study identified the prevalence of malaria parasites and the corresponding levels of naturally acquired anti-parasite antibody levels in afebrile adults living in two communities in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana.
Multiple red blood cell (RBC) variants appear to offer protection against the most severe forms of Plasmodium falciparum malaria. Associations between these variants and uncomplicated malaria are less clear.
Liberal fluid resuscitation has proved harmful in adults with severe malaria, but the level of restriction has not been defined.
Malaria remains a public health issue, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa with special features of seriousness in young children and pregnant women. Adolescents and adults are reported to have acquired a semi-immune status and, therefore, present with low parasitaemia. Children are understood to present with a much higher parasitaemia and severe malaria. It is a concern that effective malaria control programmes targeting young children may lead to a delay in the acquisition of acquired immunity and, therefore, causing a shift in the epidemiology of malaria. Prevalence and parasitaemia were explored in adolescents and adults with Plasmodium falciparum infections compared to young children in the area of Lambaréné, Gabon as an indicator for semi-immunity.
Histone deacetylase (HDAC) enzymes are targets for the development of antimalarial drugs with a different mode of action to established antimalarials. Broad-spectrum HDAC-inhibitors show high potency against Plasmodium falciparum, but displayed some toxicity towards human cells. Inhibitors of human HDAC6 are new drug candidates with supposed reduced toxicity to human cells and favorable activities against laboratory P. falciparum strains.