Plasmodium knowlesi malaria in humans is widely distributed and potentially life threatening.

Cox-Singh, J. and Davis, T.M.E. and Lee, K. and Shamsul, S.S.G. and Matusop, A. and Ratnam, S. and Rahman, H.A. and Conway, D.J. and Singh, B. (2008) Plasmodium knowlesi malaria in humans is widely distributed and potentially life threatening. Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, 46 (2). pp. 165-71. ISSN 1537-6591

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Abstract

Human infection with P. knowlesi, commonly misidentified as the more benign P. malariae, are widely distributed across Malaysian Borneo and extend to Peninsular Malaysia. Because P. knowlesi replicates every 24 h, rapid diagnosis and prompt effective treatment are essential. In the absence of a specific routine diagnostic test for P. knowlesi malaria, we recommend that patients who reside in or have traveled to Southeast Asia and who have received a "P. malariae" hyperparasitemia diagnosis by microscopy receive intensive management as appropriate for severe falciparum malaria.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Malaria Research Centre, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University Malaysia Sarawak, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Plasmodium knowlesi malaria
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Mr. Faizal Hamzah
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2011 01:27
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2011 01:27
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/966

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