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Spatial and temporal dynamics of malaria transmission in residual hotspots in the Brazilian Amazon

Grant number: 18/03902-9
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
Effective date (Start): June 01, 2018
Effective date (End): April 30, 2021
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Parasitology - Protozoology of Parasites
Principal Investigator:Marcelo Urbano Ferreira
Grantee:Priscila Thihara Rodrigues
Host Institution: Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas (ICB). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:16/18740-9 - Scientific bases for residual malaria elimination in the Brazilian Amazon, AP.TEM


With 143,910 laboratory-confirmed cases and 41 malaria-related deaths in 2014, Brazil has launched, in November 2015, the Malaria Elimination Plan, with the short-term goal of interrupting Plasmodium falciparum transmission countrywide over the next 15 years. The focal nature of malaria transmission in Brazil suggests that elimination efforts will require a careful prioritization of a few residual malaria pockets. Here we combine classical epidemiological approaches, to characterize risk factors and intervention targets, with population genetics/genomics analyses of parasites, with the ultimate goal of improving current strategies for malaria control and elimination in Brazil. Our field-based studies in the main endemic area of Brazil (Juruá Valley, close to the border with Peru, which accounts for 20% of all infections in this country), focus on asymptomatic infections with low-level parasitemias that create a large and undetected reservoir of infection.

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FONTOURA, PABLO S.; SILVA, MARCOS F.; DA COSTA, ANDERSON S.; RIBEIRO, FRANCISMAR S.; FERREIRA, MARCILIO S.; LADEIA-ANDRADE, SIMONE; TONINI, JULIANA; RODRIGUES, PRISCILA T.; CASTRO, MARCIA C.; FERREIRA, MARCELO U.. Monthly biological larviciding associated with a tenfold decrease in larval density in fish farming ponds and reduced community-wide malaria incidence in northwestern Brazil. PARASITES & VECTORS, v. 14, n. 1, . (16/18740-9, 18/03902-9, 16/25617-9)
JOHANSEN, IGOR C.; RODRIGUES, PRISCILA T.; FERREIRA, MARCELO U.. Human mobility and urban malaria risk in the main transmission hotspot of Amazonian Brazil. PLoS One, v. 15, n. 11, . (18/03902-9, 16/18740-9)

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