Falciparum malaria remains a major public health problem on the 4 islands of the Comoros archipelago (Grande Comore, Moheli, Anjouan, and Mayotte) (Table 1) in the Indian Ocean between Madagascar and the eastern coast of Africa.
The study was conducted in 2007 (before the malaria elimination program was launched in Moheli) in each of the 4 islands of the Comoros archipelago and in Marseille.
The mean MOIs remained low for the Comoros archipelago in comparison with African areas, where malaria is highly endemic (4), most likely because of moderate levels of malaria transmission (4,5).
French and US aircraft have joined the search where the Airbus A310-300 went down off the Comoros archipelago.
With a population of around 800,000, the formerly French-ruled Comoros archipelago comprises three islands off mainland east Africa and just north-west of Madagascar.
Mayotte, a French territory, is located northwest of Madagascar, in the Comoros archipelago (Figure).
Outbreak of Chikungunya fever in Mayotte, Comoros archipelago, 2005-2006.
The manager of the international airport in Moroni - the capital of the main island of the Comoros archipelago
and the plane's intended destination - said the boy was five.
The plane - with 142 passengers, including three infants, and 11 crew - was flying from Sanaa to Moroni, the capital of the main island of the Comoros archipelago
when it went down in choppy seas as it tried to land.
Debris believed to be from the Yemeni Airbus A310-300 was earlier spotted off the Comoros archipelago
in the Indian Ocean.