Effect of the Ebola-virus-disease epidemic on malaria case management in Guinea, 2014: a cross-sectional survey of health facilities

by Mateusz M Plucinski, Timothée Guilavogui, Sidibe Sidikiba et al.
Lancet Infect Dis 2015 – Published Online June 24, 2015

7 pp. 236 kB
http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/laninf/PIIS1473-3099(15)00061-4.pdfcov200h_resize

The ongoing west Africa Ebola-virus-disease epidemic has disrupted the entire health-care system in affected countries. Because of the overlap of symptoms of Ebola virus disease and malaria, the care delivery of malaria is particularly sensitive to the indirect effects of the current Ebola-virus-disease epidemic. The authors conclude that the reduction in the delivery of malaria care because of the Ebola-virus-disease epidemic threatens malaria control in Guinea. Untreated and inappropriately treated malaria cases lead to excess malaria mortality and more fever cases in the community, impeding the Ebola-virus-disease response.

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