P vivax malaria is greater threat to health than thought, study shows
(Published 03 August 2010)
Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4188
- Peter Moszynski
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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