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Infection. 2005 Feb;33(1):33-5.

Fulminant cerebral malaria in a Swiss patient.

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Institute for Infectious Diseases, Clinical Microbiology, University of Bern, Friedbuehlstrasse 51, CH-3010 Bern, Switzerland. konrad.muehlethaler@ifik.unibe.ch

Abstract

Malaria remains the most important parasitic disease worldwide. Falciparum malaria is a medical emergency and requires immediate diagnosis and treatment. Cerebral malaria is a rapidly progressive, potentially fatal complication of Plasmodium falciparum infection. This case, including post-mortem observations, histology, and laboratory diagnosis, emphasizes the necessity of appropriate advice regarding malaria prophylaxis before travel to an endemic area. Malaria should always be considered in the differential diagnosis of patients presenting with fever and/or nonspecific flu-like symptoms after traveling to endemic countries.

PMID:
15750758
DOI:
10.1007/s15010-005-3166-9
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