Targeting malaria hotspots ‘highly efficient way to reduce transmission’

Washington, Feb 1: Researchers have argued that targeting malaria “hotspots,” a small groups of households at a substantially increased risk of malaria transmission, is a highly efficient way to reduce the disease transmission at all levels of transmission intensity.

Teun Bousema of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK and colleagues said, “Malaria hotspots appear to maintain malaria transmission in low transmission seasons and are the driving force for transmission in the high transmission season.”

“Targeting the hotspots would mean the most infected and most diseased households would be prioritized with the added benefits of reducing transmission to the whole community,” they added.

The finding was published in this week’s PLoS Medicine.
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