Scientists dispute basis for malaria deaths claim – AlertNet

WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl told US news organisation Voice of America that the authors used ‘verbal autopsies’ rather than laboratory diagnoses. “You rely on the verbal record of a friend or relative saying that X person died of fever, for example. However, we know that there are many different diseases which cause fever.”

Bob Snow of the Malaria Public Health & Epidemiology Group at the Centre for Geographic Medicine in Nairobi, Kenya, one of the paper’s peer reviewers, told Nature News: “Verbal autopsy is a very blunt tool — in some cases it is about as good as flipping a coin for working out the cause of death. It can be useful if somebody has died of an obvious cause … but it’s not very useful for the mixed bag of symptoms malaria is associated with.”

via Scientists dispute basis for malaria deaths claim – AlertNet.

Advertisements


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s