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DTM Seminar Series: Malaria transmission potential and its relationship to reactive case detection in Zanzibar


Featuring Dr. Yoshua Yukich, Assistant Professor (DTM)

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Malaria transmission potential is known to be heterogeneous in space and time. In low transmission settings, this feature is often exploited by reactive interventions similar to contact tracing for STIs or as proposed globally for the COVID-19 pandemic. We examine the operations of reactive case detection (RCD) in Zanzibar, United Republic of Tanzania. Use registry data on malaria cases identified there to examine the spatial heterogeneity of malaria transmission potential and explore the theory of RCD for malaria using mathematical models and examine the parallels to the use of contact tracing as an intervention for COVID-19.