Outbreak Prevention & Control Gateway

Welcome to the Outbreak Prevention and Control Gateway. This gateway highlights the latest articles on outbreak prevention and control that is published by BioMed Central journals.


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  • Prevalence is often considered a measure of malaria transmission, but treatment of clinical malaria reduces prevalence, and consequently also infectiousness to the mosquito vector and onward transmission. Estimates of disease incidence and transmission have now been made for 43 countries in Africa comparing empirical relationships (that do not allow for treatment) and the OpenMalaria dynamic micro-simulation models (that explicitly include the effects of treatment).
  • Work that aims understand the role of an important regulatory protein of the immune system, the S100A8, in the immune response against Plasmodium vivax infection.
  • The impact of local variation in malaria transmission on the prevalence of SP-resistant haplotypes was investigated at an urban site with low parasite prevalence and two rural sites with moderate and high parasite prevalence.

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Just published in BMC Public Health: Learning from large scale prevention efforts: findings from Avahan

Launched in 2003 with financial backing from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Avahan is the world's largest HIV prevention programme. This special supplement documents the role of the initiative in the fight against HIV/AIDS in India.

Edited by Lalit Dandona and Eric Benotsch