Quantifying the impact of human mobility on malaria

Wesolowski, Amy, Eagle, Nathan, Tatem, Andrew J., Smith, David L., Noor, Abdisalan M., Snow, Robert W. and Buckee, Caroline O. (2012) Quantifying the impact of human mobility on malaria. Science , 338, (6104), 267-270. (doi:10.1126/science.1223467). (PMID:23066082).


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Human movements contribute to the transmission of malaria on spatial scales that exceed the limits of mosquito dispersal. Identifying the sources and sinks of imported infections due to human travel and locating high-risk sites of parasite importation could greatly improve malaria control programs. Here, we use spatially explicit mobile phone data and malaria prevalence information from Kenya to identify the dynamics of human carriers that drive parasite importation between regions. Our analysis identifies importation routes that contribute to malaria epidemiology on regional spatial scales

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1126/science.1223467
ISSNs: 0036-8075 (print)
1095-9203 (electronic)
Keywords: animals, cellular phone, communicable disease control, culicidae/*parasitology, humans, kenya/epidemiology, malaria, falciparum/embryology/prevention & control/transmission, plasmodium falciparum, prevalence,
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions : Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Geography and Environment
ePrint ID: 344486
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Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2012 08:25
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:36
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/344486

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