Recent progress in malaria control has caused renewed interest in mass drug administration (MDA) as a potential elimination strategy but the evidence base is limited. China has extensive experience with MDA, but it is not well documented. Methods An ecological study was conducted to describe the use of MDA for the control and elimination of Plasmodium vivax in Jiangsu Province and explore the … [Read more...]
First in Malaria: U.S. or China?
QUESTION Who discovered the world's first malaria vaccine? Is it the US marines in Washington DC or the People's Republic of China? ANSWER Unfortunately there is still no effective malaria vaccine. You might be referring to the race between the US and China to find an effective malarial treatment during the Vietnam War years. Currently, artemisinins, from the wormwood plant, discovered … [Read more...]
New Partners Join the Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN)
The Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN) has announced two new Partner Institutions have joined the organization: The Mahidol Vivax Research Center and the Malaria Research Centre, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak. The Mahidol Vivax Research Center (MVRC) established in March 2011 is dedicated to the study of Plasmodium vivax and non falciparum malaria. Its establishment at Mahidol … [Read more...]
Can Slide Positivity Rates Predict Malaria Transmission?
Malaria is a significant threat to population health in the border areas of Yunnan Province, China. How to accurately measure malaria transmission is an important issue. This study aimed to examine the role of slide positivity rates (SPR) in malaria transmission in Mengla County, Yunnan Province, China. … [Read more...]
Herbal Treatment for Malaria
QUESTION Can any form of malaria be treated by herbs or plants, and how long does it take to recover from malaria? ANSWER Actually, two of the most important kinds of anti-malarial medication are derived by substances found naturally in plants, though they need to be processed in certain ways before the full pharmaceutical effect is felt. Quinine, administered intravenously, is … [Read more...]
Breeding Site Characterization of Anopheles Sinensis Larvae in Chinese Villages
Characterizing the breeding site of Anopheles sinensis is of major importance for the transition from malaria control to elimination in China. However, little information is available especially regarding the characteristics and influencing factors of breeding sites of An. sinensis in Yongcheng City, a representative region of unstable malaria transmission in the Huang-Huai River region of central … [Read more...]