JAMA Clinical Challenge: Fever in a Traveler Returning From Africa

I enjoyed the recent JAMA Clinical Challenge case. A 35-year-old man presented to the emergency department with 4 days of fever, extreme weakness, fatigue, and confusion. He was born in the United States but had traveled to Sierra Leone for a period of 3 weeks and had returned 1 week prior to presentation. He was diagnosed with P. Falciparum malaria based on smear, treated, and … Continue reading JAMA Clinical Challenge: Fever in a Traveler Returning From Africa

To eradicate malaria, we need a vaccine

This afternoon, I attended a session at the Harvard Global Health Institute on the quest to eradicate malaria. Speakers included Ashish Jha, Rear Admiral Timothy Zimmer, Jessica Cohen, Regina Rabinovich, and Dyane Wirth. After listening to their presentations, and thinking about my experiences treating malaria patients, I came to the realization that we absolutely need a vaccine to eradicate malaria.  (The same holds for tuberculosis … Continue reading To eradicate malaria, we need a vaccine

Malaria in Mozambique

I wasn’t expecting to be writing a blog post at 11 PM but the NEJM just came out with two malaria research studies conducted in a place I care about. And I woke up from a nap from 8pm-11pm. Sleep schedule is erratic with a little baby. Article: Genetic Diversity and Protective Efficacy of the RTS,S/AS01 Malaria Vaccine Editorial: Vaccine-Resistant Malaria Article: Changing Trends in P. falciparum Burden, Immunity, and Disease in … Continue reading Malaria in Mozambique