A case of congenital plasmodium vivax malaria from a temperate region in central china

Xue Liu, Zhi Yong Tao, Qiang Fang, Xue Mei Wang, Hui Zhang, Jose A. Stoute, Hui Xia, Liwang Cui

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Abstract

In February 2011, a rare case of congenital Plasmodium vivax malaria was diagnosed in a temperate region of Central China. An infant developed intermittent fever 20 days after delivery. Since this occurred during the nontransmission winter season in a low malaria endemic region and the infants mother did not have a clear malaria history or showed malaria symptoms at the time of the delivery, malaria infection was not suspected at the beginning. Later, on suspicion of potential malignant haematological illness due to persistence of the fever, bone marrow smear was examined, which revealed infection by P. vivax parasite. This rare case of congenital vivax malaria underlines that malaria diagnosis might need to be included in the healthcare of neonates born in vivaxendemic areas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number182
JournalMalaria journal
Volume11
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases

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