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Malar J. 2014 Mar 5;13:78. doi: 10.1186/1475-2875-13-78.

Mixed-species Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium ovale malaria in a paediatric returned traveller.

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  • 1Division of Infectious Diseases, Hospital for Sick Children, 555 University Ave,, Toronto, ON M5G 1X8, Canada. Shaun.morris@sickkids.ca.

Abstract

Malaria is a common and potentially fatal cause of febrile illness in returned travellers. Endemic areas for different malaria parasites overlap, but mixed species infections are rare. An adolescent male returned from a trip to Ghana in late summer 2013. He subsequently presented with blood smears positive for two species of malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium ovale, on two isolated hospital visits within a six-week period. The epidemiology of mixed infections, likely pathophysiology of his presentation, and the implications for malaria testing and treatment in returned travellers are discussed.

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24593188
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PMC3975726
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10.1186/1475-2875-13-78
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