Include older children in malaria prevention treatment to cut transmission: experts

An Anopheles stephensi mosquito obtains a blood meal from a human host through its pointed proboscis in this handout photoBy Kieran Guilbert DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Giving malaria prevention drugs to older children, not just to those under five, during the rainy season in sub-Saharan Africa can massively cut cases and transmission of the deadly disease, health experts said on Tuesday. Seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) involves giving children under five antimalarial drugs once a month during the rainy season and has already been implemented in nearly a dozen Sahel countries where the disease is highly seasonal.

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