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Evolution of the levels of human leukocyte antigen G (HLA-G) in Beninese infant during the first year of life in a malaria endemic area: using latent class analysis

February 9, 2016 - 17:03 -- Open Access
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Tania C. d’Almeida, Ibrahim Sadissou, André Garcia, et al.
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Malaria Journal 2016 15:78, 9 February 2016

These results, together with previous ones, confirm the important role of HLA-G in the individual susceptibility to malaria.

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Malaria vectors and their blood-meal sources in an area of high bed net ownership in the western Kenya highlands

February 9, 2016 - 17:01 -- Open Access
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Bryson A. Ndenga, Nicholas L. Mulaya, Sandra K. Musaki, Joan N. Shiroko, Stefan Dongus and Ulrike Fillinger
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Malaria Journal 2016 15:76, 9 February 2016

An unusually high frequency of animal and mixed human-animal blood meals in the major malaria vector An. gambiae s.s. was revealed in the western Kenya highlands where bed net coverage is above the WHO target.

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Plasmodium falciparum drug resistance in Angola

February 9, 2016 - 16:59 -- Open Access
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Cláudia Fançony, Miguel Brito and Jose Pedro Gil
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Malaria Journal 2016 15:74, 9 February 2016

Facing chloroquine drug resistance, Angola promptly adopted artemisinin-based combination therapy as the first-line to treat malaria.

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Economic costs of fever to households in the middle belt of Ghana

February 9, 2016 - 16:57 -- Open Access
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Theresa Tawiah, Kwaku Poku Asante, Seth Owusu-Agyei, et al.
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Malaria Journal 2016 15:68, 6 February 2016

The total cost of treating fever/malaria episode is relatively high in the study area considering the poverty levels in Ghana.

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Consistent prevalence of asymptomatic infections in malaria endemic populations in Colombia over time

February 9, 2016 - 16:55 -- Open Access
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Juan M. Vásquez-Jiménez, Myriam Arévalo-Herrera, Juliana Henao-Giraldo, Karen Molina-Gómez, María Arce-Plata, Andrés F. Vallejo and Sócrates Herrera
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Malaria Journal 2016 15:70, 6 February 2016

This study demonstrates an important prevalence of asymptomatic malaria cases not detectable by microscopy, which therefore remain untreated representing a parasite pool for malaria transmission.

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Large-scale Anopheles arabiensis egg quantification methods for mass-rearing operations

February 9, 2016 - 16:53 -- Open Access
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Hamidou Maïga, David Damiens, Abdoulaye Diabaté, Roch K. Dabiré, Georges A. Ouédraogo, Rosemary S. Lees and Jeremie R. L. Gilles
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Malaria Journal 2016 15:72, 6 February 2016

An equation has been derived to allow accurate quantification of dried Anopheles arabiensis eggs based on weight, enabling more accurate quantification of eggs for consistent larval rearing density to be achieved.

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Malaria, helminths, co-infection and anaemia in a cohort of children from Mutengene, south western Cameroon

February 9, 2016 - 16:51 -- Open Access
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Clarisse Njua-Yafi, Eric A. Achidi, Theresa Nkuo-Akenji, et al.
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Malaria Journal 2016 15:69, 6 February 2016

Children below 5 years of age were more susceptible to malaria and anaemia.

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Community perceptions of mass screening and treatment for malaria in Siaya County, western Kenya

February 9, 2016 - 16:49 -- Open Access
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Kathryn Shuford, Florence Were, Norbert Awino, Aaron Samuels, Peter Ouma, Simon Kariuki, Meghna Desai and Denise Roth Allen
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Malaria Journal 2016 15:71, 6 February 2016

Although iMSaT was generally accepted throughout the community, proper sensitization activities—and arguably, a more long-term approach to community engagement—are necessary for dispelling fears, clarifying misconceptions, and educating communities on the consequences of asymptomatic malaria.

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Changes in lipid composition during sexual development of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum

February 9, 2016 - 16:47 -- Open Access
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Phuong N. Tran, Simon H. J. Brown, Melanie Rug, Melanie C. Ridgway, Todd W. Mitchell and Alexander G. Maier
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Malaria Journal 2016 15:73, 6 February 2016

The lipid profiles of infected erythrocytes are characteristic for the particular parasite life cycle and maturity stages of gametocytes.

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