‘Test and treat’: New strategy for eliminating malaria : Johns Hopkins University – The GazettePosted: March 21, 2012
As researchers work to eliminate malaria worldwide, new strategies are needed to find and treat individuals who have malaria but show no signs of the disease. The prevalence of asymptomatic, or minimally symptomatic, malaria can be as high as 35 percent in populations with malaria, and these asymptomatic individuals can serve as a reservoir for spreading malaria, even in areas where disease transmission has declined.
In a new study, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute found that a strategy of actively identifying undiagnosed malaria and then treating those with the disease resulted in significantly lower prevalence of malaria cases compared to a control group. Their findings are published in the Feb. 3 edition of the journal PLoS ONE.