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Malaria epidemic early warning and detection in African highlands.

Authors
  • Abeku, Tarekegn A1
  • Hay, Simon I
  • Ochola, Samuel
  • Langi, Peter
  • Beard, Brian
  • de Vlas, Sake J
  • Cox, Jonathan
  • 1 Disease Control and Vector Biology Unit, Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London, WC1E 7HT, UK.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Trends in Parasitology
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2004
Volume
20
Issue
9
Pages
400–405
Identifiers
PMID: 15324728
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Malaria epidemics have long been known to recur in the African highlands. Efforts to develop systems of early warning and detection for epidemics are outlined here with special emphasis on the Highland Malaria Project (HIMAL). This project has been conducting research on the operational implementation of a district-based surveillance and epidemic-monitoring system using a network of sentinel sites in four pilot districts of Kenya and Uganda. The potential use of weather monitoring as well as disease surveillance for effective early warning is being investigated.

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