Volume 77, Issue 5
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


Between January 1998 and December 2000, the Jayapura Provincial Public Hospital in northeastern Indonesian New Guinea (Papua) admitted 5,936 patients with a diagnosis of malaria. The microscopic diagnosis at admission was (3,976, 67%), (1,135, 19%), (8, < 1%), and mixed species infections (817, 14%). Approximately 9% (367) of patients were classified as having severe malaria (277 , 36 , 53 mixed infections, and 1 ) and 88 died (79 /mixed infections and 9 ). Risk of fatal outcomes among severe malaria patients was indistinguishable between those with falciparum versus vivax malaria (OR = 0.89; = 0.771). Compared with non-pregnant women, pregnant women showed no higher risk of severe malaria ( = 0.643) or death caused by severe malaria ( = 0.748). This study compares admissions per population (based on census data), parasitemia, morbidity, and mortality among children versus adults, pregnant versus non-pregnant women, and urban/suburban versus rural residents.


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