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Editors: Devin A. Flanigan
Book Description:
Malaria is an infectious disease that is widespread in tropical and subtropical regions. It infects between 300 and 500 million people every year and causes between one and three million deaths annually, mostly among young children in Sub-Saharan Africa. Malaria is not just a disease commonly associated with poverty, but is also a cause of poverty and a major hindrance to economic development. Malaria is one of the most common infectious diseases and an enormous public-health problem. Malaria is one of the most common infectious diseases and an enormous public-health problem. The disease is caused by protozoan parasites of the genus Plasmodium. The most serious forms of the disease are caused by Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax, but other related species (Plasmodium ovale and Plasmodium malariae) can also infect humans. This group of human-pathogenic Plasmodium species are usually referred to as malaria parasites.

Malaria parasites are transmitted by female Anopheles mosquitoes. The parasites multiply within red blood cells, causing symptoms that include fever, anemia, chills, flu-like illness, and in severe cases, coma and death. Malaria transmission can be reduced by preventing mosquito bites with mosquito nets and insect repellents, or by mosquito control by spraying insecticides inside houses and draining standing water where mosquitoes lay their eggs.

One of the most important recent advances in malaria research is the mapping of the Plasmodium falciparum genome. For the next five to ten years, until an effective vaccine is developed, malaria control will largely be dependent on vector control measures such as improvements in housing construction, source reduction, impregnated bednets, and residual insecticide treatment.

This book presents leading-edge and new research in this field.

Table of Contents:
Preface

Expert Commentary
Novel Scheme for International Academic Collaboration (Josef Tudal, Mihoko Imada, Junichi Watanabe and Boetje Moningka) pp. 1-2

Chapter I - Malaria Resistance or Susceptibility in Red Cell Disorders; pp. 3-62
(Farba Balle Khodia Faye, Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement, Dakar, Senegal)

Chapter II - An Evaluation of Malaria During Pregnancy and its Association with Maternal Anemia, HIV Infection, ABO Blood Group and Hemoglobin Genotype in South Eastern Nigeria; pp. 63-102
(C.J. Uneke, Ebonyi State Univ., Abakaliki, Nigeria, D.D. Duhlinska, Univ. of Jos, Nigeria, M.N. Alo, Federal Medical Centre, Abakaliki, Nigeria)

Chapter III - Antimalarial and Toxic Effects of Four African Medicinal Used for the treatment of Malaria in the Democratic Republic of Congo; pp. 103-130
(Gautheir K. Mesia, Richard K. Cimanga, Univ. of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Univ. of Antwerp, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Belgium, Gaston L. Tona, Univ. of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo)

Chapter IV - Sexual Reproduction in Plasmodium; pp. 131-154
(Matthew W.A. Dixon, Donald L. Gardiner, Malaria Biology Laboratory, Katharine R. Trenholme, Malaria and Scabies Laboratory, The Australian Centre for International and Tropical Health and Nutrition, Univ. of Queensland, Australia)

Chapter V - Focus on Malaria Research; pp. 155-177
(Ibidapo, C.A., Oyewole, I.O., Lagos State Univ., Faculty of Science, Dept. of Zoology, Lagos, Nigeria)

Chapter VI - Malaria Control and the Domestic Context: The Influence of Human Behavior on the Effectiveness of Insecticide Treated Nets Use (ITNS) in Northern Ghana; pp. 179-196
(Philip Baba Adongo, Navrongo Health Research Centre, Ministry of Health, Navrongo, Ghana, Carl Kendall, Dept. of International Health and Development, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, USA, Betty Kirkwood, Dept. of Epidemiology and Population Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK)

Chapter VII - Global Environmental Change and Malaria: Some Predictions Based on a Multi-Compartment System Dynamics Model;
pp. 197-221
(Steffen Flessa, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Univ., Greifswald, Olaf Muller, Ruprecht-Karls-Univ. Heidelberg)

Chapter VIII - Perturbations in Serum Protein Profile in Adult Patients Presenting with Acute, Uncomplicated Falciparum Malaria Infection; pp. 223-228
(Garba I.H., Ajiya D.A., School of Science, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Univ., Nigeria, Ubom G.A., Univ. of Jos, Nigeria)

Chapter IX - Clinical Geography of Malaria; pp. 229-234
(Viroj Wiwanitkit, Dept. of Lab. Medicine, Chulalongkorn Univ., Bangkok, Thailand)

Chapter X - Malarial Vector: A Summary on Research in Thailand;
pp. 235-242
(Viroj Wiwanitkit, Dept. of Lab. Medicine, Chulalongkorn Univ., Bangkok, Thailand)

Chapter XI - Natural Selection of Malaria in Thailand; pp. 243-248 (Viroj Wiwanitkit, Dept. of Lab. Medicine, Chulalongkorn Univ., Bangkok, Thailand)

Chapter XII - A Comparative Study of Haematological Parameters in Children with and Without Plasmodium Falciparum Gametocytes;
pp. 249-255
(Theresa Nkuo Akenji, Univ. of Buea, South West Province, Cameroon, Jerome Fru Cho, Damain Anong Nota, Univ. of Buea, South West Province, Cameroon)

Index

   Series:
      Tropical Diseases - Etiology, Pathogenesis and Treatments
   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2007
   Pages: 273 pp.
   ISBN: 1-60021-589-0
   Status: AV
  
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