Malaria elimination: Time to target all species

Andrew A. Lover, J. Kevin Baird, Roly Gosling, Ric N. Price

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    Abstract

    Important strides have been made within the past decade toward malaria elimination in many regions, and with this progress, the feasibility of eradication is once again under discussion. If the ambitious goal of eradication is to be achieved by 2040, all species of Plasmodium infecting humans will need to be targeted with evidence-based and concerted interventions. In this perspective, the potential barriers to achieving global malaria elimination are discussed with respect to the related diversities in host, parasite, and vector populations.Weargue that control strategies need to be reorientated from a sequential attack on each species, dominated by Plasmodium falciparum to one that targets all species in parallel. A set of research themes is proposed to mitigate the potential setbacks on the pathway to a malariafree world.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)17-23
    Number of pages7
    JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
    Volume99
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018

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