This paper presents the results of an extensive search of the formal and informal literature on annual Plasmodium falciparum entomological inoculation rates (EIR) across Africa from 1980 onwards. It first describes how the annual EIR data were collated, summarized, geo-referenced and staged for public access on the internet. Problems of data standardization, reporting accuracy and the subsequent publishing of information on the internet follow. The review was conducted primarily to investigate the spatial heterogeneity of malaria exposure in Africa and supports the idea of highly heterogeneous risk at the continental, regional and country levels. The implications for malaria control of the significant spatial (and seasonal) variation in exposure to infected mosquito bites are discussed.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/S0035-9203(00)90246-3

Type

Journal

Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

Publisher

Oxford University Press (OUP): Policy B - Oxford Open Option B

Publication Date

03/2000

Volume

94

Pages

113 - 127

Keywords

Africa, Animals, Bites and Stings, Humans, Malaria, Falciparum, Plasmodium falciparum, Protozoan Infections