Analysis of the Malaria situation in Hippo Valley Estates

  • E. Chirebvu Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, De Beers Research Laboratory, P O Box 197, Chiredzi, Zimbabwe
  • M. J. Chimbari Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, De Beers Research Laboratory, P O Box 197, Chiredzi, Zimbabwe

Abstract



Malaria parasite and entomological surveys were carried out in Hippo Valley Estates (lowveld sugar irrigation estates). The only malaria parasite found in the surveyed areas was Plasmodium falciparum. The highest malaria parasite rate recorded was 1.72% of the survey population. Catches of malaria vector mosquito were erratic with a tendency of catching at most, two vectors every seven days. Mosquito samples were not infected with sporozoites. The malaria control programme for Hippo Valley Estates appears to be effective in controlling malaria disease. However, some other factors could be contributing to the low malaria transmission pattern observed in the estates.

The Zimbabwe Science News Volume 34(2) June 2000, pp. 34-37
Published
2004-06-15
Section
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