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Shouldering the burden: determinants of malaria in Nigeria and implications for future interventions

March 19, 2021 - 11:19
By Charlotte Follari, Norma Quintanilla, and Emily Shambaugh Malaria is one of the world’s most widespread and deadly infectious diseases, with nearly half of the world’s population at risk of exposure. One of the major barriers to effective malaria control, and the reason why it remains such an entrenched public health problem, is that risk […]

Lessons Learned from the Elimination of Malaria in the United States

February 26, 2021 - 09:36
By Jordan Cuevas, Mackenzie Moore, and Grant Rosensteel Malaria is one of the most widespread infectious diseases, affecting millions of people around the world every year and resulting in hundreds of thousands of deaths. Despite its ubiquity, some countries have been able to successfully control, and even eliminate, malaria. This piece takes a look at […]

Challenges for Malaria Elimination: Cycles of Poverty

February 9, 2021 - 09:14
By Corey Rathe, Sabrina Barrett, Hannah Hidle, Emma Weimer Malaria is a serious and life-threatening disease – it is also preventable and treatable. So, why does malaria continue to devastate the lives of hundreds of millions each year? Poverty cycles hold much of this responsibility. Disease and suffering are amplified through overwhelming and cyclical traps. […]

Getting to Know Plasmodium knowlesi: The New Parasite on the Block

January 11, 2021 - 12:08
By Matt Boyce, Gretchen Mohr, and Eva Rest Plasmodium knowlesi, one species of the multiple protozoan parasites that cause malaria, has joined the lineup of human malaria parasites. P. knowlesi was originally known to cause malaria in long-tailed and pig-tailed macaques typically found in Southeast Asia (Figure 1). Only within the last two decades have […]

Sex and malaria

January 15, 2019 - 10:02
Question: Can malaria be transmitted through oral sex? Answer: No. Malaria cannot be sexually transmitted, including oral sex. Malaria is a vector-borne parasite and is transmitted to humans via the bite of an infected mosquito. As the malaria parasite resides in blood, it can also be transmitted via blood transfusion or via donated organs (though most countries […]

Incomplete Dose of Malaria Drug

January 15, 2019 - 09:53
Question: If one doesn’t complete the malaria drug being prescribed, and takes multivitamin due to no appetite towards eating and later stop, does this cause the person spitting uncontrollable. Answer: I am not aware of any link between failure to complete a course of malaria medication and excess saliva, nor any link with taking multivitamins. The main […]

Transfer of parasite to mosquito

January 15, 2019 - 09:50
 I am working with rural African communities where we are struggling with contamination of farm products with residues from indoor residual spraying (ban on exports) - and are concerned about contamination of humans as well. Stepped up treatment of all persons diagnosed with malaria with AL. How do the mosquitoes get infected by the parasite so that they can infect humans?

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January 15, 2019 - 06:13
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Insomnia with Artemether (Paluther)

January 2, 2019 - 15:53
Question: Does malaria treatment, especially with paluta injection cause insomnia. I have experienced this twice. Answer: If you are referring to injection with artemether (sold as Paluther), then yes, trouble sleeping has been recorded as a possible side effect. However, it should not persist for long after the medication has been administered, so you should consult […]

Malaria Treatment and Pregnancy

October 23, 2018 - 17:30
Question: Can I take anti malaria to treat a diagnosed malaria disease at 39 weeks of pregnancy without it affecting my estimated delivery date (EDD).

Malaria Dataset

October 18, 2018 - 17:28
Question: What is the available malaria image data set for research purpose? Answer: I’m not sure what you mean by image data sets for research purposes. The Infectious Diseases Data Observatory (IDDO) has a section dedicated to malaria, where researchers can share datasets. The link is here: https://www.iddo.org/research-themes/malaria. For images specifically, you may need to reach out […]

Malaria Trend of 5 to 10 years – Ethiopia

October 14, 2018 - 16:53
Question: What is the trend of malaria in different regions of Ethiopia?

Injectable Artemether-only Treatment Something to Be Concerned About?

October 10, 2018 - 16:21
Question: Hello, I’m wondering if I should be worried about whether my malaria will come back or not. I came down with Falciparum in the US and was treated with malarone pills (four pills a day for three days); was ill enough to be hospitalized, but did not have severe malaria. About a week and […]

Coartem and Dayquil

September 13, 2018 - 17:09
Question: Can we take Dayquil / Nyquil while treating malaria with Coartem?