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A New Statistical Approach to Analyze Plasmodium vivax Malaria Endemic in Korea

Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives
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DOI: 10.1016/j.phrp.2012.11.004
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A New Statistical Approach to Analyze Plasmodium vivax Malaria Endemic in Korea - EDITORIAL - ch a year? The study also clearly specifies the characteristics of malarial incidence by age and gender. Finally, the kr r* s, a *Corresponding author. E-mail: [email protected] he Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http:// ricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Osong Public Health Res Perspect 2012 3(4), 191 pISSN 2210-9099 eISSN 2233-6052 Copyright ª 2012 Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Published by Elsevier Korea LLC. All rights reserved. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of t which permits unrest sampling procedure for parameter estimation. The authors have developed R package for estimation [6]. The analysis well addresses the following question: Does the malarial incidence of one region in a year correlates with that of adjacent regions and the previous *Corresponding autho E-mail: [email protected] Chaeshin Chu, Managing Edito Osong Public Health and Research Perspective Osong, Kore r. A New Statistical Approa Plasmodium vivax Malari After more than 10 years of absence in Korea, Plas- modium vivax malaria re-emerged in 1993 near the Korean demilitarized zone. Since then it has been a major public health concern in the Republic of Korea. Although the mosquitoes from North Korea were sus- pected to be the main cause of the re-emerging infection, the subject is a matter of controversy, because the prevalence of malaria in North Korea was reported only in 1997e1998 [1]. While it was initially suggested that the incidence rate will decrease soon [2], it has not decreased rapidly and there was a fluctuation of inci- dence rate even after 10 years owing to the fluctuation of the malarial incidence in North Korea [3]. I

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