Malaria maps reveal that 184 million Africans still live in extremely high-risk areas

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Malaria maps reveal that 184 million Africans still live in extremely high-risk areas despite decade of control efforts

40 African countries showed reductions in malaria transmission between 2000–2010, but despite this progress, more than half (57 per cent) of the population in countries endemic for malaria continue to live in areas of moderate to intense transmission, with infection rates over ten per cent. The findings are based on a series of prevalence maps for malaria published this week in The Lancet.

 

 

A team led by Dr Abdisalan Noor and Professor Robert Snow of the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme produced the maps by geocoding data from surveys in 44 African countries and territories endemic for malaria in order to identify which populations were at risk of the disease in 2000 and 2010.

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