Conservation efforts and malaria in the Brazilian Amazon.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We respond to Valle and Clark, who assert that "conservation efforts may increase malaria burden in the Brazilian Amazon," because the relationship between forest cover and malaria incidence was stronger than the effect of the deforestation rate. We contend that their conclusion is flawed because of limitations in their methodology that we discuss in detail. Most important are the exclusion of one-half the original data without a discussion of selection bias, the lack of model adjustment for either population growth or migration, and the crude classifications of land cover and protected areas that lead to aggregation bias. Of greater significance, we stress the need for caution in the interpretation of data that could have profound effects on regional land use decisions.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hahn, MB; Olson, SH; Vittor, AY; Barcellos, C; Patz, JA; Pan, W

Published Date

  • April 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 90 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 591 - 594

PubMed ID

  • 24277787

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3973497

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1476-1645

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-9637

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.4269/ajtmh.13-0323


  • eng