Clinical and laboratory aspects of malaria among children with fever in a low transmission area of Sudan
AbstractA cross-sectional study explored the clinical and laboratory aspects of malaria among children presenting with fever to 2 paediatric hospitals in Khartoum state during the low transmission season. Out of 655 febrile patients, 35.9% were recorded as having malaria based on hospital laboratory results. However, re-examination of slides at the National Malaria Control Programme referral laboratory confirmed malaria in only 32.8% of those diagnosed with malaria at hospital level. Analysis of symptoms and signs revealed great variability in clinical presentation. Although some findings were associated with malaria, developing a sensitive clinical algorithm was difficult. Further investment is needed to improve microscopic diagnosis facilities in local hospitals to overcome the problem of over-diagnosis of malaria
Malik, E.M., El Tahir, H.G. & Ahmed, E.S. (2005). Clinical and laboratory aspects of malaria among children with fever in a low transmission area of Sudan. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/117003
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 11 (4), 753-761, 2005
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