Plasmodium Malariae in Ugandan Children

II. Malaria Parasites in Children at Mulago Hospital in Kampala

Donald L. Price
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Summary

Among 240 children reporting to the Out-Patient Service of Mulago Hospital, Kampala, Uganda, 179 (74.6%) were found to have malaria parasites in the blood. Plasmodium falciparum, which was the predominant parasite, was found either alone or mixed with P. malariae in 98 (76%), P. malariae was found alone or mixed with P. falciparum in 76 (59%), and the species present could not be identified in 50 of the infected children.

It can be concluded from these results that P. malariae is a common parasite of children in the Kampala area of Uganda, and its importance in clinical malaria should be further investigated.

Author Notes

Makerere University College Medical School, Kampala, Uganda, and Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Washington 12, D. C.

Paediatric Division, Mulago Hospital, Kampala, Uganda.

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