Malaria morbidity and mortality in Ebola-affected countries caused by decreased health-care capacity, and the potential effect of mitigation strategies: a modelling analysis

by Patrick G T Walker, Michael T White, Jamie T Griffin et al.
The Lancet Infectious Diseases, Vol. 15, No. 7, pp. 825–832, July 2015

8 pp. 4.0 MB
http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/laninf/PIIS1473-3099(15)70124-6.pdfcov200h_resize

The ongoing Ebola epidemic in parts of west Africa largely overwhelmed health-care systems in 2014, making adequate care for malaria impossible and threatening the gains in malaria control achieved over the past decade. The findings of this study suggest that untreated malaria cases as a result of reduced health-care capacity probably contributed substantially to the morbidity caused by the Ebola crisis. Mass drug administration can be an effective means to mitigate this burden and reduce the number of non-Ebola fever cases within health systems.

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