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Malaria epidemiology in mersin province, Turkey from 2002 to 2011.
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PMID:  23914244     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Malaria is an infectious disease caused by Plasmodium spp. with high morbidity and mortality in human in tropical and subtropical regions. In recent years, number of malaria cases has been significantly reduced because of fight with the disease in Turkey. This study intended to investigate the malaria epidemiology in Mersin Province from 2002 to 2011 using data from the provincial Public Health Directorate.
METHODS: Over ten years, 303573 blood samples were taken from the people by active and passive surveillance methods and blood smears were prepared. Smears were stained with Giemsa and examined under the microscope.
RESULTS: Totally, 73 people including 44 male and 29 female were positive in terms of Plasmodium spp. It was determined that P. vivax observed in 67 cases while P. falciparum in 6 cases. Cases were mainly observed in 15 to 44 years old range, showed an increase between June-September periods and a significant decrease after 2006. Out of the 73 malaria cases, 54 cases were from Mersin Province and 13 cases were imported from another province of Turkey. Six cases were transmitted from abroad.
CONCLUSION: These results provide information about malaria epidemiology in an endemic area in Turkey and contribute its prevention in Mersin Province.
M F Aydin; A Sahin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Iranian journal of parasitology     Volume:  8     ISSN:  1735-7020     ISO Abbreviation:  Iran J Parasitol     Publication Date:  2013 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-08-05     Completed Date:  2013-08-05     Revised Date:  2013-08-07    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101464309     Medline TA:  Iran J Parasitol     Country:  Iran    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  296-301     Citation Subset:  -    
Research Laboratory, Higher Health School, University of Karamanoğlu Mehmetbey, 70200, Karaman, Turkey.
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