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Epidemiology of Plasmodium falciparum gametocytemia in India: prevalence, age structure, risk factors and the role of a predictive score for detection.
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PMID:  23627694     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVE: To characterise the epidemiology of Plasmodium falciparum gametocytemia and determine the prevalence, age structure and the viability of a predictive model for detection. METHODS: We collected data from 21 therapeutic efficacy trials conducted in India during 2009-2010 and estimated the contribution of each age group to the reservoir of transmission. We built a predictive model for gametocytemia and calculated the diagnostic utility of different score cut-offs from our risk score. RESULTS: Gametocytemia was present in 18% (248/1 335) of patients and decreased with age. Adults constituted 43%, school-age children 45% and under fives 12% of the reservoir for potential transmission. Our model retained age, sex, region and previous antimalarial drug intake as predictors of gametocytemia. The area under the receiver operator characteristic curve was 0.76 (95%CI:0.73,0.78), and a cut-off of 14 or more on a risk score ranging from 0 to 46 provided 91% (95%CI:88,95) sensitivity and 33% (95%CI:31,36) specificity for detecting gametocytemia. CONCLUSIONS: Gametocytemia was common in India and varied by region. Notably, adults contributed substantially to the reservoir for potential transmission. Predictive modelling to generate a clinical algorithm for detecting gametocytemia did not provide sufficient discrimination for targeting interventions.
Naman K Shah; Charles Poole; Pia D M Macdonald; Bina Srivastava; Allan Schapira; Jonathan J Juliano; Anup Anvikar; Steven R Meshnick; Neena Valecha; Neelima Mishra
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-4-30
Journal Detail:
Title:  Tropical medicine & international health : TM & IH     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1365-3156     ISO Abbreviation:  Trop. Med. Int. Health     Publication Date:  2013 Apr 
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Created Date:  2013-4-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9610576     Medline TA:  Trop Med Int Health     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2013 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
School of Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA; Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA; National Institute of Malaria Research, New Delhi, India.
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