Vector control in a malaria epidemic occurring within a complex emergency situation in Burundi: a case study.


Protopopoff, N; Van Herp, M; Maes, P; Reid, T; Baza, D; D'Alessandro, U; Van Bortel, W; Coosemans, M; (2007) Vector control in a malaria epidemic occurring within a complex emergency situation in Burundi: a case study. Malar J, 6. p. 93. ISSN 1475-2875 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/1475-2875-6-93

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Abstract

African highlands often suffer of devastating malaria epidemics, sometimes in conjunction with complex emergencies, making their control even more difficult. In 2000, Burundian highlands experienced a large malaria outbreak at a time of civil unrest, constant insecurity and nutritional emergency. Because of suspected high resistance to the first and second line treatments, the provincial health authority and Médecins Sans Frontières (Belgium) decided to implement vector control activities in an attempt to curtail the epidemic. There are few reported interventions of this type to control malaria epidemics in complex emergency contexts. Here, decisions and actions taken to control this epidemic, their impact and the lessons learned from this experience are reported.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Disease Control
PubMed ID: 17634116
Web of Science ID: 249300200001
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/1267

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