Volume 102, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



To implement future malaria elimination strategies in French Guiana, a characterization of the infectious reservoir is recommended. A cross-sectional survey was conducted between October and December 2017 in the French Guianese municipality of St Georges de l’Oyapock, located along the Brazilian border. The prevalence of spp was determined using a rapid diagnostic test (RDT) and a polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Demographic, house locations, medical history, and biological data were analyzed. Factors associated with spp. carriage were analyzed using logistic regression, and the carriage localization was investigated through spatial cluster analysis. Of the 1,501 samples analyzed with PCR, positive results totaled 90 and 10 for and , respectively. The general PCR prevalence was 6.6% [5.3–7.9], among which 74% were asymptomatic. Only 13/1,549 were positive by RDT. In multivariate analysis, participants older than 15 years, living in a remote neighborhood, with a prior history of malaria, anemia, and thrombocytopenia were associated with an increased odds of spp. carriage. High-risk clusters of carriage were detected in the most remote neighborhoods on the village outskirts and two small foci in the village center. We also detected a hot spot for both and symptomatic carriers in the northwestern part of the village. The present study confirms a wide-scale presence of asymptomatic and carriers in this area. Although they were more often located in remote areas, their geographic distribution was spatially heterogeneous and complex.

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  • Received : 15 May 2019
  • Accepted : 20 Jul 2019
  • Published online : 25 Nov 2019

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