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Malaria elimination maps highlight progress and prospects
Date:10/17/2011

stribution of malaria across the Asia Pacific region, the "Atlas of the Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network" highlights the widespread reach of Plasmodium vivax, the most common and more complicated form of malaria found in the region.

While global attention is heavily focused on P. falciparum the form of malaria more common in Africa and responsible for a greater percentage of deaths and illness P. vivax poses a greater risk to the long-term goal of malaria elimination. Currently there are very few effective and safe diagnosis and treatment tools for this form of the parasite. The Asia Pacific atlas focuses attention on this un-met need.


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