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Trends Parasitol. 2001 Mar;17(3):145-9.

Child mortality and malaria transmission intensity in Africa.

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  • 1Swiss Tropical Institute, Socinstrasse 57, PO Box CH-4002, Basel, Switzerland.


The desirability of controlling malaria transmission in the areas of highest endemicity of Plasmodium falciparum has long been debated. Most recently, it has been claimed that rates of malaria morbidity are no higher in areas of very high transmission in Africa than they are in places with lower inoculation rates. We now review the literature on the relationship of morbidity and mortality to malaria transmission intensity, and have linked published child mortality and malaria transmission rates to examine how age-specific mortality actually varies with the inoculation rate of P. falciparum.

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