Plasmodium falciparum-Malaria in Pregnant African Immigrants Often Goes Unrecognized
2012 (English)In: Journal of Travel Medicine, ISSN 1195-1982, E-ISSN 1708-8305, Vol. 19, no 6, 380-382 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We report four cases of asymptomatic Plasmodium falciparum malaria in pregnant African women. They had immigrated to Finland 3 to 13 months earlier. The disease was revealed only by anemia. The diagnosis relied on blood smear which showed a parasitemia <0.2% in three cases. Medical personnel should be informed about the possibility of afebrile forms of malaria in pregnant women even months after immigration. Very low levels of parasitemia may call for a more sensitive diagnostic approach such as polymerase chain reaction.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 19, no 6, 380-382 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-196761DOI: 10.1111/j.1708-8305.2012.00651.xISI: 000314462200009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-196761DiVA: diva2:611040