Malaria prevalence in asymptomatic and symptomatic children in Kiwangwa, Bagamoyo district, Tanzania

by Deborah Sumari, Felista Mwingira, Majige Selemani et al.
Malar J. 2017 May 25;16(1):222

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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5445421/pdf/12936_2017_Article_1870.pdf

In the Bagamoyo District of Tanzania the authors collected blood samples and examined them for Plasmodium falciparum prevalence using rapid diagnostic test (RDT), light microscopy (LM) and reverse transcription quantitative PCR. While overall prevalence was higher in symptomatic children using all three methods, asymptomatic children had a higher prevalence of gametocytes using light microscopy and PCR. They concluded that, “The higher gametocytemia observed in asymptomatic children indicates the reservoir infections and points to the need for detection and treatment of both asymptomatic and symptomatic malaria.”

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