Do post-disaster public health interventions impede malaria eradication?

Weinstein, Philip, Goff, James and Skelly, Chris (2010) Do post-disaster public health interventions impede malaria eradication?. Medical Hypotheses, 74 3: 403-405. doi:10.1016/j.mehy.2009.09.055


Author Weinstein, Philip
Goff, James
Skelly, Chris
Title Do post-disaster public health interventions impede malaria eradication?
Journal name Medical Hypotheses   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0306-9877
1532-2777
Publication date 2010-03
Year available 2009
Sub-type Editorial
DOI 10.1016/j.mehy.2009.09.055
Volume 74
Issue 3
Start page 403
End page 405
Total pages 3
Editor Bruce G. Charlton
Place of publication Kidlington, U.K.
Publisher Churchill Livingstone
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In this paper, we hypothesise that public health interventions aimed at controlling post-disaster malaria epidemics may in fact impede malaria eradication efforts in the longer term. A major factor hampering malaria eradication efforts is the development of resistance to antimalarial drugs in the Plasmodium parasite. Following natural disasters such as flooding, public health responses includes a massive influx of antimalarial drugs that may facilitate the development of resistance. Resistance is common in areas with frequent natural disasters, and if such an association could be shown to be generalisable and causative, there may be direct implications for the way that future disaster-related malaria risks are managed. Because the frequency and severity of climate-associated disasters is likely to increase with global warming, it is timely to study the possibility that well intentioned public health action may in fact exacerbate the disease burden from the very parasites that it sets out to control.
© 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keyword Resistance
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online 7 November 2009.

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