When climate change couples social neglect: malaria dynamics in Panamá

by Lisbeth Amarilis Hurtado, Lorenzo Cáceres, Luis Fernando Chaves et al.
Emerging Microbes & Infections (2014) 3, e27; – Published online 23 April 2014

11 pp. 3.3 MB:
http://www.nature.com/emi/journal/v3/n4/pdf/emi201427a.pdfemi_cimage_resize

A major challenge of infectious disease elimination is the need to interrupt pathogen transmission across all vulnerable populations. Ethnic minorities are among the key vulnerable groups deserving special attention in disease elimination initiatives, especially because their lifestyle might be intrinsically linked to locations with high transmission risk. The study illustrates how the neglect of minorities poses a threat to the sustainable control and eventual elimination of malaria in Central America and other areas where ethnic minorities do not share the benefits of malaria control strategies intended for dominant ethnic groups.

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