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The global agenda for malaria has, once again, embraced the possibility of eradication. As history has shown, there will be no single magic bullet that can be applied to every epidemiological setting. Africa has a diverse malaria ecology, lending itself to some of the highest disease burden areas of the world and a wide range of clinical epidemiological patterns making control with our current tools challenging. This commentary highlights why the epidemiology of Plasmodium falciparum malaria in Africa should not be forgotten when planning an eradication strategy, and why forgetting Africa will, once again, be the single largest threat to any hope for global eradication.

Original publication

DOI

10.1186/s12916-014-0254-7

Type

Journal article

Journal

BMC Med

Publication Date

03/02/2015

Volume

13

Keywords

Africa, Communicable Disease Control, Humans, Malaria, Malaria, Falciparum, Plasmodium falciparum