|Title||Spatial patterns of plasmodium falciparum clinical incidence, asymptomatic parasite carriage and anopheles density in two villages in Mali|
|Author(s)||Sissoko, M.S.; Hoogen, L.L. Van Den; Samake, Yacouba; Takken, Willem|
|Source||American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 93 (2015)4. - ISSN 0002-9637 - p. 790 - 797.|
Laboratory of Entomology
|Publication type||Refereed Article in a scientific journal|
Heterogeneity in malaria exposure is most readily recognized in areas with low-transmission patterns. By comparison, little research has been done on spatial patterns in malaria exposure in high-endemic settings. We determined the spatial clustering of clinical malaria incidence, asymptomatic parasite carriage, and Anopheles density in two villages in Mali exposed to low- and mesoendemic-malaria transmission. In the two study areas that were <1 km2 in size, we observed evidence for spatial clustering of Anopheles densities or malaria parasite carriage during the dry season. Anopheles density and malaria prevalence appeared associated in some of our detected hotspots. However, many households with high parasite prevalence or high Anopheles densities were located outside the identified hotspots. Our findings indicate that within small villages exposed to low- or mesoendemic-malaria transmission, spatial patterns in mosquito densities and parasite carriage are best detected in the dry season. Considering the high prevalence of parasite carriage outside detected hotspots, the suitability of the area for targeting control efforts to households or areas of more intense malaria transmission may be limited.