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Dear Sir:

In our series of children living in a low, seasonal transmission setting for malaria (less than one infective bite per person per year), thrombocytopenia less than 100,000/mm3 was strongly associated with both severity and mortality.1 We have also proposed that thrombocytopenia can be a prognostic factor and independent predictor for death in P. falciparum malaria in African children living in areas of low transmission.1 However, in a large retrospective study from Kenya, Ladhani and others found no such associations and platelet counts were actually lower in mild cases than in

Dear Sir:

In our series of children living in a low, seasonal transmission setting for malaria (less than one infective bite per person per year), thrombocytopenia less than 100,000/mm3 was strongly associated with both severity and mortality.1 We have also proposed that thrombocytopenia can be a prognostic factor and independent predictor for death in P. falciparum malaria in African children living in areas of low transmission.1 However, in a large retrospective study from Kenya, Ladhani and others found no such associations and platelet counts were actually lower in mild cases than in

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