Blood-Stage Parasitaemia and Age Determine Plasmodium falciparum and P. vivax Gametocytaemia in Papua New Guinea
May 21, 2015
We used state-of-the-art molecular assays to generate evidence on who is most likely to be infected with gametocytes and thereby contributing most to sustained transmission. This method has been adopted as the preferred means of estimating gametocyte prevalence/density from asexual parasite prevalence.
Contrasting Transmission Dynamics of Co-endemic Plasmodium vivax and P. falciparum: Implications for Malaria Control and Elimination
May 7, 2015
This is the first investigation of the molecular epidemiology of malaria across multiple sites in Indonesia, and one of the first studies to demonstrate consistently greater diversity reflective of more stable transmission in P. vivax relative to P. falciparum in a range of endemic settings. The study highlighted the need for concerted efforts to target the major reservoirs of P. vivax infection if malaria elimination is to be successful in co-endemic regions.