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Malaria patients should be tracked back to their homes to identify hot spots, expert says

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 14 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2472
  1. Geoff Watts
  1. 1London

Progress in controlling malaria is encouraging some countries to consider the possibility of its elimination, said speakers at a briefing on 13 April organised by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Malaria affects half the world’s population and still causes more than 700 000 deaths a year, so elimination is still a challenging goal for many countries. And in countries where the disease is receding, said Chris Drakeley, director of the school’s Malaria Centre, the remaining “hot spots” may prove hard to deal with.

Tackling these is vital, not least because in such hot spots resistance to antimalarial drugs …

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