Serologic Markers for Detecting Malaria in Areas of Low Endemicity, Somalia, 2008

Abstract

Areas in which malaria is not highly endemic are suitable for malaria elimination, but assessing transmission is difficult because of lack of sensitivity of commonly used methods. We evaluated serologic markers for detecting variation in malaria exposure in Somalia. Plasmodium falciparum or P. vivax was not detected by microscopy in cross-sectional surveys of samples from persons during the dry (0/1,178) and wet (0/1,128) seasons. Antibody responses against P. falciparum or P. vivax were detected in 17.9% (179/1,001) and 19.3% (202/1,044) of persons tested. Reactivity against P. falciparum was significantly different between 3 villages (p

Citation

Emerging Infectious Diseases (2010) 16 (3) 392-399 [DOI: 10.3201/eid1603.090732]

Serologic Markers for Detecting Malaria in Areas of Low Endemicity, Somalia, 2008

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