Published this week, Case investigation and reactive case detection for malaria elimination in northern Senegal reports the findings of a 12 week malaria case investigation pilot program in Richard Toll district of northern Senegal. After investigating malaria infections in this district, it was found that travel is the primary risk factor for malaria infection. Increased testing and treatment interventions and monitoring strategies for travelers, as well as at-risk families and neighbors, will be an important step in eliminating malaria in this district.
Consistent, reliable data on infections are an integral part of the malaria elimination process, allowing programs to design the most effective intervention plans. Findings from this pilot program will provide guidance for other control programs to establish and strengthen surveillance systems.
To read the full report in Malaria Journal, download it here.