Files in This Item:


Title: High altitude epidemic malaria in Bamian province, central Afghanistan
Authors: Abdur Rab, M.
Freeman, T.W.
Rahim, S.
Durrani, N.
Simon Taha, A.
Rowland, M.
Issue Date: 2003
Language: English
Abstract: We report an epidemic of Plasmodium falciparum malaria in the remote valley of Bamian [altitude 2250 m-2400 m] in the central highl and s of Afghanistan. A team of malaria experts from the World Health Organization and HealthNet International carried out the investigation. A total of 215 peripheral blood smears were obtained and 63 cases of malaria [90.5% P. falciparum, the remainder P. vivax] were confirmed. The study revealed that areas vulnerable to malaria in Afghanistan are more widespread than previously recognized. The area had been malaria-free until recently, when the disease appears to have been introduced as a consequence of protracted conflict and resultant population movement, and transmitted locally during the short summer months. The outbreak led to severe morbidity and high mortality in a province having only a few poorly-provisioned health care facilities
Description: 232-239
Keywords: Age Distribution
Child, Preschool
Disease Outbreaks
Health Surveys
Malaria, Falciparum
Sex Distribution
Subject: Altitude
ISSN: 1020-3397
Other Identifiers:
Appears in Collections:EMRO Journal Articles (EMHJ)

Items in WHO IRIS are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.