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A RETROSPECTIVE EXAMINATION OF ANEMIA DURING INFECTION OF HUMANS WITH PLASMODIUM VIVAX

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  • 1 Division of Parasitic Diseases, National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia
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A retrospective examination was made of archival data on 98 patient episodes of infection with Plasmodium vivax occurring over a period of 4–11 weeks to document changes in hemoglobin (Hb) concentrations associated with continuing parasitemia. The mean percentage change in the Hb concentration for each of the 10 seven-day intervals was −13.4, −10.9, −4.8, 0.12, 0.94, 4.0, 0.69, 11.6, 2.4, and 8.3, respectively. An equilibrium appeared to be established between weeks 4 and 6. Decreases in Hb concentrations were greatest following the first week of parasitemia. Total restoration to preinfection levels did not occur during persistent parasitemia.

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