An Outbreak of Malaria on Shipboard

Myron G. SchultzNational Communicable Disease Center, U. S. Public Health Service, St. James Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia

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Stephen N. CohenNational Communicable Disease Center, U. S. Public Health Service, St. James Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia

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William GreifingerNational Communicable Disease Center, U. S. Public Health Service, St. James Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia

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Robert L. KaiserNational Communicable Disease Center, U. S. Public Health Service, St. James Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia

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Summary

An outbreak of P. falciparum malaria occurred aboard a Norwegian merchant vessel sailing from West African ports to the United States. Twelve cases with one death occurred among the 40 persons aboard the ship. Chemoprophylaxis was carried out only sporadically. Clinical characteristics varied widely and included asymptomatic infection, influenza-like illness, and cerebral manifestations.

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Present address: Boston City Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.

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