Malaysian child infected with Plasmodium vivax via blood transfusion: a case report

Anthony, C.N. and Lau, Y.L. and Sum, J.S. and Fong, M.Y. and Ariffin, H. and Zaw, W.L. and Jeyajothi, I. and Mahmud, R. (2013) Malaysian child infected with Plasmodium vivax via blood transfusion: a case report. Malaria Journal, 12. ISSN 1475-2875, DOI

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Malaria may be a serious complication of blood transfusion due to the asymptomatic persistence of parasites in some donors. This case report highlights the transfusion-transmitted malaria of Plasmodium vivax in a child diagnosed with germ cell tumour. This child had received blood transfusion from three donors and a week later started developing malaria like symptoms. Nested PCR and sequencing confirmed that one of the three donors was infected with P. vivax and this was transmitted to the 12-year-old child. To the best of the authors' knowledge, this is the first reported transfusion-transmitted malaria case in Malaysia.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Anthony, Claudia N. Lau, Yee-Ling Sum, Jia-Siang Fong, Mun-Yik Ariffin, Hany Zaw, Wai-Linn Jeyajothi, Indra Mahmud, Rohela
Uncontrolled Keywords: Plasmodium vivax, Blood transfusion, Malaria transmission, Endemic regions, Microscopy, PCR
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms Haslinda Lahuddin
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2013 07:18
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2013 07:18

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