P vivax malaria is greater threat to health than thought, study shows

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 03 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4188
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

    A new study of the prevalence of the malaria parasite Plasmodium vivax shows that it is more widespread and potentially represents a greater burden on human health in some parts of the world than P falciparum, the species usually associated with the greatest mortality and morbidity.

    A new evidence based global distribution map of P vivax estimates that 2.85 billion people lived at risk of infection with this parasite in 2009, predominantly in east and central Asia (PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0000774).

    The study, conducted as part of the Malaria Atlas Project, a multinational research collaboration funded mainly by the Wellcome Trust, challenges the idea that …

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