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Import of malaria in a Romanian Western County.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18571112     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
BACKGROUND: Malaria is not a serious concern in Romania nowadays although 30-60 imported cases are diagnosed yearly, especially in travellers from Africa. Timis, the most extensive of the Romanian counties, is the western gate of the country from where a lot of people travel abroad. The aim of this study is to overview all the imported cases of malaria diagnosed in our county and to describe two recent severe cases. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed both the medical records of 28 malaria patients treated between 1974 and 2007 at Victor Babes Hospital of Infectious Disease from Timisoara, Romania, and the results of 6 blood examinations performed in the last decade in the parasitological laboratory of Victor Babes University of Medicine and Pharmacy from Timisoara. A comparison between the two recent severe cases was made, emphasizing on the clinical aspects, complications and the laboratory test results. RESULTS: Most of the patients (55.38%) were in the age group of 20-29 years; 85.71% of the patients were males; Plasmodium falciparum was found in 75% of the cases. CONCLUSIONS: Findings of our study have shown that P. falciparum is the main malaria species in Timis County, outlining the difficulties in the diagnosis and management of the imported cases.
Authors:
Raul Neghina; Adriana-Maria Neghina; Laura Diana Giurgiu; Iosif Marincu; Ioan Iacobiciu
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2008-01-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Travel medicine and infectious disease     Volume:  6     ISSN:  1477-8939     ISO Abbreviation:  Travel Med Infect Dis     Publication Date:  2008 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-06-23     Completed Date:  2008-10-15     Revised Date:  2009-10-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101230758     Medline TA:  Travel Med Infect Dis     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  215-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Parasitology, Victor Babes University of Medicine and Pharmacy, 2nd Eftimie Murgu Square 300041, Timisoara, Romania. raul.neghina@gmail.com
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Africa
Animals
Blood / parasitology*
Female
Humans
Malaria, Falciparum* / diagnosis,  epidemiology,  parasitology,  physiopathology
Male
Middle Aged
Parasitemia / diagnosis,  epidemiology,  parasitology
Plasmodium falciparum / isolation & purification*
Romania / epidemiology
Travel*

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