Address for correspondence: Guo-Dong Medicine of Amazonas (FMTAM) in vivax malaria outbreaks in malaria-Liang, State Key Laboratory for Infectious Manaus, Brazil, to assess the effi cacy endemic areas within the Amazon.
Disease Control and Prevention, Institute for of standard supervised CQ therapy. Viral Disease Control and Prevention, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 100 uncomplicated vivax malaria. Each zilian Ministry of Health and the US Agen- Yingxin St, Xuanwu District, Beijing 100052, volunteer was administered uncoated, cy for International Development as part People’s Republic of China, email: gdliang@ scored, 150-mg CQ tablets (10 + 7.5 of the scientifi c program of the Amazonian + 7.5 mg/kg at 24-hour intervals) (9). Surveillance Network for Antimalarial Primaquine was withheld until day Drugs Resistance (RAVREDA). 28 (dose regimen of 30 mg/day for 7 days). Among the 109 volunteers who completed the in vivo test, 19 had pos- Franklin Simoes
de Santana Filho,*
Ana Ruth de Lima Arcanjo,*
Yonne Melo Chehuan,*
Monica Regina Costa,*
Flor Ernestina Martinez-
Plasmodium vivax, confi rmed in these cases on day 2 with Espinosa,*† Jose Luis Vieira,‡
Maria das Graças
of 785.4 ± 800.1 ng/mL) (10) Suspect- Vale Barbosa,*§
To the Editor:
Wilson Duarte Alecrim,*¶
ed therapeutic failure (P. vivax CQ re- is the protozoan that causes the second sistance) was confi rmed in 11 (10.1%) and Maria das Graças Costa
most common form of malaria. Some of 109 persons with a mean isolated Alecrim*§¶
resistant strains to chloroquine (CQ) choloroquine plasma concentration *Foundation for Tropical Medicine of Ama-occur in a few places in Asia and the >10 ng/mL (356.6 ± 296.1 ng/mL) (9). zonas, Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil; †Foun-Indo-Pacifi c Region (14). Although Desethylchloroquine levels in plasma dation for Research Support of Amazonas, resistance of P. vivax to CQ has al- Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil; ‡Federal Uni- Previously, a CQ effi cacy study versity of Pará, Belém, Pará, Brazil; §Ama- ca (57), there are limited data regard- zonas State University, Manaus, Amazonas, ed had CQ-resistant P. vivax (7). In Brazil; and ¶Nilton Lins University, Manaus, comparison, the proportion of failures Amazonas, Brazil dard treatment for vivax malaria (10.1%) in the current study seems to worldwide. Presently, this drug regi- be relevant; even though most of the References
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Using a random sampling list of try; 28.4% could describe 1 symptom. visitors and vendors, we interviewed Half of the respondents believed that 461 respondents in 4 Vientiane city they were not at risk for human avian markets (Vientiane has 114,793 infl uenza or that their poultry were not households and 3,700 registered poul- at risk for it. Respondents in urban and try farms) (5). Semiurban respondents semiurban areas knew more about avi-were recruited in Oudomxay (40,987 an infl uenza than those in rural areas.
Risk Perceptions, households, 715 poultry farms), an ac- der. Rural respondents were recruited er) and south than in Vientiane. The To the Editor: After the 2004 from Hinheup District and in Attapeu poultry mortality rate during the cold
outbreak of highly pathogenic avian (19,050 households, 360 poultry season was similar to that of Cambo-infl uenza (HPAI) in poultry in Lao farms), near the Vietnam border. dia (6). Behavior regarding poultry People’s Democratic Republic (PDR), Twenty villages were randomly se- the Ministry of Health implemented lected, and 10 participants per village a high rate of poultry deaths, none of extensive virologic surveillance (1,2). were randomly selected for interview. the interviewees had notifi ed authori-Surveillance began in July 2005, and Approval for the investigation was ties. Since hearing about HPAI, 67.1% Emerging Infectious Diseases • • Vol. 13, No. 7, July 2007


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