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Malaria parasitaemia in neonates in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
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PMID:  15088802     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Malaria is thought to be rare among neonates in malaria-endemic regions. Consequently, blood film for malaria parasite is not routinely included in the sepsis screening protocol for neonates. We examined the role of malaria in perinatal morbidity among neonates admitted into our unit with a view to determining the need or otherwise of including malaria parasitaemia in the sepsis work-up in suspected neonatal septicaemia. Fourteen babies who met our preset criteria were screened for malaria parasitaemia out of which five (35.71 per cent) had positive blood smears for Plasmodium falciparum. Eighty per cent of the neonates presenting with fever had positive blood films (Yates corrected chi2 = 3.9822; p = 0.04). All the babies responded to an oral course of chloroquine. These data have further highlighted the importance of malaria in perinatal morbidity in our environment. We recommend a multi-centred study to define clearly the role of malaria in perinatal and neonatal morbidity and mortality in malaria endemic areas.
C V Nweneka; A U Eneh
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of tropical pediatrics     Volume:  50     ISSN:  0142-6338     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Trop. Pediatr.     Publication Date:  2004 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-04-19     Completed Date:  2004-04-30     Revised Date:  2007-06-06    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8010948     Medline TA:  J Trop Pediatr     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  114-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
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MeSH Terms
Infant, Newborn
Malaria, Falciparum / epidemiology*,  physiopathology
Nigeria / epidemiology
Parasitemia / epidemiology*,  physiopathology
Plasmodium falciparum / isolation & purification*
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J Trop Pediatr. 2007 Apr;53(2):146

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