Malaria

Parasitic Illness Drug Could Stop Malaria Transmission

Scientists may have hit on a way to prevent the transmission of malaria with a Nobel Prize-winning drug originally developed to treat parasitic illnesses.  The drug is called ivermectin, and it's currently being tested in parts of Africa.
 
Ivermectin has completely revolutionized the treatment of worm diseases like River Blindness and elephantiasis, and could lead to their eradication if it's used effectively.
 
Now, it appears ivermectin may be effective against the spread of malaria.
 
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Mali : Poliscopie : Paludisme, typhoïde, grippe…. la cote d’alerte est atteinte

Revers de la médaille cette bonne pluviométrie s’est accompagnée d’une explosion de maladies hydriques, paludisme et fièvre typhoïde en tête. Centres de santé, dispensaires et hôpitaux sont bondés de patients. Les assurances données par les spécialistes qui démentent l’entrée dans une phase d’épidémie tranche avec une réalité de terrain moins reluisante.
 
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Paludisme : un million d'enfants bientôt vaccinés?

PALUDISME. Un panel d'experts de l'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) a recommandé vendredi 23 octobre 2015 de tester le vaccin le plus avancé contre le paludisme, le Mosquirix, dans certaines zones impaludées d'Afrique subsaharienne. Une première étape avant d'en envisager un usage plus étendu. Selon ces experts, chargés de conseiller l'OMS sur les politiques de vaccination, le Mosquirix, fabriqué par le laboratoire britannique GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), devrait être distribué dans trois à cinq zones de manière a évaluer son efficacité.

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World's First Malaria Vaccine Delayed as WHO Experts Urge Caution

The world's first malaria vaccine is promising but should be used on a pilot basis before any wide-scale use, given its limited efficacy, World Health Organization (WHO) experts said on Friday.
 
The decision is likely to delay a possible broad roll-out of the shot for between three and five years.
 
GlaxoSmithKline's Mosquirix could, in theory, help stop millions of cases of malaria in young children in Africa at risk of the deadly mosquito-borne disease.
 
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TIFR breakthrough in malaria vaccine

MUMBAI: A fortnight after Chinese doctor Tu Youyou won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for her anti-malarial medicine, scientists from Mumbai's Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) have published a research paper on their early success with a candidate vaccine for malaria. 
 
The TIFR team from Colaba identified a group of proteins present on the malaria-spreading plasmodium parasite and combined their finding with some cutting-edge genetic and nanoparticle research to produce antibodies in mice to ward off a malarial infection. 
 
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Cambodia's battle against malaria put at risk as expenses row holds up funds

Cambodia’s fight against malaria is at risk of being derailed because of a dispute over expenses payments between the Cambodian government and the Global Fund, the biggest donor to the country’s malaria programme.
 
The row comes as the World Health Organisation (WHO) says that malaria cases in Cambodia have increased significantly in the last year.
 
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Health minister launches malaria control software for Mangaluru

MANGALURU: Minister for health and family welfare U T Khader launched malaria control software system (MCS) for Mangaluru city corporation (MCC) on Saturday. 
 
Khader said that Mangaluru, which has been recording highest number of malaria cases in the state, is the only city in India to have a software system that ensures a streamlined malaria control programme. The system will help in reducing the number of malaria instances in the city drastically, he said adding, "Our goal is to make Mangaluru Zero Malaria City." 
 
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Gambia Launches Campaign to Eliminate Malaria At Homes

The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare through the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) has launched the 2015 Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) campaign.
 
The health minister, Omar Sey, recently launched the operation at a ceremony held at Chamoi village in Upper River Region.
 
Dr Sey said the launching marks the Gambia's renewed efforts towards the prevention and control of malaria so that it ceases to be a major hindrance to the achievements of health-related goals.
 
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Santé: recrudescence du paludisme au nord du Mali

La Coordination des mouvements de l'Azawad lance l'alarme depuis plusieurs jours sur des cas de « fièvre mortelle de nature inconnue » sévissant notamment dans les régions de Tombouctou et de Gao. Au total, ces fièvres auraient fait une centaine de morts, selon la CMA. Pour les autorités, rien de mystérieux, il s'agit tout simplement d'une recrudescence des cas de paludisme.

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Malaria eradication Breaking the fever

IN A dusty yard in Magagasi, a small village in eastern Swaziland, a man in surgical gloves draws Gugu Dlamini’s blood for the third time this year. The health worker lays a drop of it on a small plastic tray and adds a clear solution. The ritual is familiar. Every time a malaria case is reported in the country, surveillance officers sweep in and test everyone living within 500 metres of the sick person. In a few minutes a single line appears in the tray’s indicator window: Ms Dlamini does not have malaria.
 
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