Revisiting the Basic Reproductive Number for Malaria and Its Implications for Malaria Control

  title={Revisiting the Basic Reproductive Number for Malaria and Its Implications for Malaria Control},
  author={David L. Smith and F. Ellis McKenzie and Robert W. Snow and Simon I. Hay},
  journal={PLoS Biology},
  pages={214 - 217}
The prospects for the success of malaria control depend, in part, on the basic reproductive number for malaria, R0. Here, we estimate R0 in a novel way for 121 African populations, and thereby increase the number of R0 estimates for malaria by an order of magnitude. The estimates range from around one to more than 3,000. We also consider malaria transmission and control in finite human populations, of size H. We show that classic formulas approximate the expected number of mosquitoes that could… CONTINUE READING
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