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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2000 May;21(5):329-30.

Nosocomial malaria from contamination of a multidose heparin container with blood.

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Saudi Arabian Field Epidemiology Training Program, Ministry of Health, Riyadh.


A girl developed Plasmodium falciparum malaria in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, a non-malarious area. Twelve to 18 days before onset, she had been hospitalized for asthma on the same ward as three malaria patients. The only link between the malaria patients and the asthma patient was a multidose heparin container used to fill syringes for use on heparin locks and intravenous devices. Contamination of the heparin with blood occurred on at least one occasion when a needle had been left in place through the septum of this container and was used to refill a used syringe.

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