Defining the population at risk of Plasmodium knowlesi malaria to complete the human malaria baseline in Asia

Defining the population at risk of Plasmodium knowlesi malaria to complete the human malaria baseline in Asia

Objectives

To predict spatial variation in Plasmodiumknowlesi disease risk in order to identify priority areas for surveillance based on regions with sparse data and high estimated risk.

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Abstract

Infection by the simian malaria parasite, Plasmodium knowlesi, can lead to severe and fatal disease in humans, and is the most common cause of malaria in parts of Malaysia. Despite being a serious public health concern, the geographical distribution of P. knowlesi malaria risk is poorly understood because the parasite is often misidentified as one of the human malarias. Human cases have been confirmed in at least nine Southeast Asian countries, many of which are making progress towards eliminating the human malarias.

Understanding the geographical distribution of P. knowlesi is important for identifying areas where malaria transmission will continue after the human malarias have been eliminated.

Key facts

  • Dates
    Mar 2014 to Nov 2016
    Funding amount
    $164,330
    Funding information
    £ 100,000 – Enhancement Grant 095066/Z/10/A
    Country
    • Southeast Asia

MESA tags

  • Methodology
    Geospatial Analysis
    Theme(s)
    Surveillance