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Parasitol Today. 1998 Sep;14(9):369-75.

Malaria mortality rates in South Asia and in Africa: implications for malaria control.

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University of Colombo, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Parasitology, Malaria Research Unit, Kynsey Road, Colombo 8, Sri Lanka.

Abstract

Malaria mortality in human populations varies greatly under different circumstances. The intense malaria transmission conditions found in many parts of tropical Africa, the much lower malaria inoculation rates currently sustained in areas of southern Asia, and the epidemic outbreaks of malaria occasionally seen on both continents, present highly contrasting patterns of malaria-related mortality. Here Harsha Alles, Kamini Mendis and Richard Carter examine malaria-related mortality under different circumstances and discuss implications for the management of malaria in these settings. They emphasize the power of rapid case treatment to save lives at risk under virtually all circumstances of malaria transmission.

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