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Bull World Health Organ. 1969;40(3):383-94.

An analysis of the geographical distribution of Plasmodium ovale.


For a long time Plasmodium ovale was considered a very rare causal agent of malaria, but recently it has been shown to be a fairly common parasite in Africa. The authors analyse all the findings of P. ovale outside tropical Africa and describe its distribution. This species is distributed in 2 areas, the first confined to tropical Africa and the second to islands in the Western Pacific. The authors make a medico-geographical analysis of the distribution of P. ovale, and attempt to explain particular features of it.

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