Journal article

Key gaps in the knowledge of Plasmodium vivax, a neglected human malaria parasite

Ivo Mueller, Mary R Galinski, J Kevin Baird, Jane M Carlton, Dhanpat K Kochar, Pedro L Alonso, Hernando A del Portillo

The Lancet Infectious Diseases | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2009

Abstract

Plasmodium vivax is geographically the most widely distributed cause of malaria in people, with up to 2.5 billion people at risk and an estimated 80 million to 300 million clinical cases every year--including severe disease and death. Despite this large burden of disease, P vivax is overlooked and left in the shadow of the enormous problem caused by Plasmodium falciparum in sub-Saharan Africa. The technological advances enabling the sequencing of the P vivax genome and a recent call for worldwide malaria eradication have together placed new emphasis on the importance of addressing P vivax as a major public health problem. However, because of this parasite's biology, it is especially difficul..

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