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Dear Sir:

Gérardin and others1 in a hospital-based study carried out in Senegal reported that thrombocytopenia in African children can predict the severity of malaria caused by Plasmodium falciparum and the prognosis of the disease. In this study, a significant association between median platelet counts and malarial death was found. These investigators concluded that thrombocytopenia could be used as a valid prognostic indicator for P. falciparum malaria in African children living in areas of low transmission.

We wish to express our concern regarding the validity of applying such findings in all settings. We believe

Dear Sir:

Gérardin and others1 in a hospital-based study carried out in Senegal reported that thrombocytopenia in African children can predict the severity of malaria caused by Plasmodium falciparum and the prognosis of the disease. In this study, a significant association between median platelet counts and malarial death was found. These investigators concluded that thrombocytopenia could be used as a valid prognostic indicator for P. falciparum malaria in African children living in areas of low transmission.

We wish to express our concern regarding the validity of applying such findings in all settings. We believe

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