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Impact of interventions on malaria in internally displaced persons along the China–Myanmar border: 2011–2014

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Impact of interventions on malaria in internally displaced persons along the China–Myanmar border: 2011–2014
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Malaria Journal, September 2016
DOI 10.1186/s12936-016-1512-2
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Guofa Zhou, Eugenia Lo, Daibin Zhong, Xiaoming Wang, Ying Wang, Sameer Malla, Ming-chieh Lee, Zhaoqing Yang, Liwang Cui, Guiyun Yan


Internally displaced persons (IDP) represent vulnerable populations whose public health conditions merit special attention. In the China-Myanmar border area, human movement and resettlements of IDP can influence malaria transmission. Comparison of disease incidence and vector densities between IDP camps and surrounding local villages allows for better understanding of current epidemiology and to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions in the region. Malaria and vector surveillance was conducted in three IDP camps and three local villages neighbouring the camps along the China-Myanmar border in Myanmar. Clinical malaria cases were collected from seven hospitals/clinics from April 2011 to December 2014. Malaria vector population dynamics were monitored using CDC light traps. The use of malaria preventive measures and information on aid agencies and their activities was obtained through questionnaire surveys. Malaria was confirmed in 1832 patients. Of these cases, 85.4 % were Plasmodium vivax and 11.4 % were Plasmodium falciparum malaria. Annual malaria incidence rates were 38.8 and 127.0 cases/1000 person year in IDP camps and local villages, respectively. Older children of 5-14 years had the highest incidence rate in the camps regardless of gender, while male adults had significantly higher incidence rates than females in local villages and females child-bearing age had significantly lower risk to malaria in IDP camps compare to local villages. Seasonal malaria outbreaks were observed both in the IDP camps and in the local villages from May to August 2013. The proportion of P. vivax remained unchanged in local villages but increased by approximately tenfold in IDP camps from 2011 to 2014. Anopheles vector density was tenfold higher in local villages compared to IDP camps (2.0:0.2 females/trap/night). Over 99 % of households in both communities owned bed nets. While long-lasting insecticidal nets accounted for 61 % of nets used in IDPs, nearly all residents of local villages owned regular nets without insecticide-impregnation. There were more active aid agencies in the camps than in local villages. Malaria in IDP camps was significantly lower than the surrounding villages through effective control management. The observation of P. vivax outbreaks in the study area highlights the need for increased control efforts. Expansion of malaria intervention strategies in IDP camps to local surrounding villages is critical to malaria control in the border area.

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Country Count As %
Brazil 1 <1%
Unknown 119 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 25 21%
Student > Master 20 17%
Student > Bachelor 9 8%
Lecturer 7 6%
Student > Doctoral Student 7 6%
Other 20 17%
Unknown 32 27%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 24 20%
Social Sciences 16 13%
Nursing and Health Professions 8 7%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 7 6%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 5 4%
Other 21 18%
Unknown 39 33%

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