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Malaria in Mauritania: the first cases of malaria endemic to Nouakchott.
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PMID:  12667147     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The current situation of endemic malaria in Mauritania is not clear since, in most health centres, suspected malaria cases are not confirmed by parasitological analysis and diagnosis is based on clinical symptoms alone. To obtain reliable data about malaria in this country, thin and thick blood smears were taken from patients with symptoms compatible with the illness, who attended two hospitals: Polyclinic of Nouakchott, which serves one-third of the country's population, where a malaria infection rate of 18.5% (77 of 446) was recorded; Plasmodium falciparum caused 61.85% of these, P. vivax 35.5% (28/77). In Kaedi Regional Hospital, provincial capital of the endemic Gorgol region, a prevalence of 25.49% (106 of 416) was recorded, with P. falciparum as the sole pathogenic species. Of the 77 cases of malaria diagnosed in Nouakchott, nine (seven of P. falciparum and two of P. vivax) were considered as endemic to the city. These cases were all children under 8 years of age except for one adult who had never left the capital, and this is the first time that cases endemic to this city have been detected.
H Cortes; F Morillas-Márquez; A Valero
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Multicenter Study    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Tropical medicine & international health : TM & IH     Volume:  8     ISSN:  1360-2276     ISO Abbreviation:  Trop. Med. Int. Health     Publication Date:  2003 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-04-01     Completed Date:  2003-06-12     Revised Date:  2006-11-07    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9610576     Medline TA:  Trop Med Int Health     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  297-300     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Granada, Spain.
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MeSH Terms
Age Distribution
Child, Preschool
Endemic Diseases*
Infant, Newborn
Malaria, Falciparum / epidemiology*
Malaria, Vivax / epidemiology*
Mauritania / epidemiology
Parasitemia / epidemiology

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