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Epidemiology of cerebral malaria and its mortality

Jpma. Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association 47(8): 213-215

Epidemiology of cerebral malaria and its mortality

Over the past 5 years, 1620 comatosed patients of both sexes aged 1-75 years were screened for cerebral malaria. Of these, 505 (31.2%) were positive for Plasmodium falciparum. During this period frequency of malaria increased from 22.1% in 1991 to 44.4% in 1995. Sixty-four percent cases of cerebral malaria were seen in children and thirty-six percent in adults. Mortality was also higher (41%) in children than in adults (25%). As cerebral malaria is particularly prevalent in Pakistan and is a major community problem, accurate and easier methods of its diagnosis are needed at primary health care level, in all febrile comatose patients, without focal neurological findings. (JPMA 47:213,1997).

Accession: 003127573

PMID: 9339620

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