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Imported Plasmodium knowlesi Malaria in a French Tourist Returning from Thailand

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  • 1 Service de Parasitologie-Mycologie, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Toulouse, France; UMR3 MD-UM-UPS, Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse III, France; Service de Biologie Médicale, CHG de Cahors, Cahors, France; Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination, UPR8241, Université de Toulouse III, Toulouse, France; Unité des Maladies Infectieuses et Tropicales, CHG de Cahors, Cahors, France

We report a case of imported Plasmodium knowlesi malaria in a French tourist following a vacation in Thailand. This case shows, first, tourists may contract knowlesi malaria even only staying on the beach and second, the diagnosis remains difficult, even with polymerase chain reaction methods.

Author Notes

*Address correspondence to Antoine Berry, Service de Parasitologie-Mycologie, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Toulouse, Hôpital Rangueil, TSA 50032, 31059 Toulouse Cedex 9, France. E-mail: berry.a@chu-toulouse.fr†The first two authors contributed equally to this manuscript.

Authors' addresses: Antoine Berry, Xavier Iriart, Alexis Valentin, Sophie Cassaing, Sandie Menard, David Olagnier, and Judith Fillaux, Service de Parasitologie-Mycologie, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Toulouse, France; and UMR3 MD-UM-UPS, Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse III, France, E-mails: berry.a@chu-toulouse.fr, xabierlete@yahoo.fr, valentin.a@chu-toulouse.fr, cassaing.s@chu-toulouse.fr, sandie.menard@free.fr, david.olagnier@hotmail.fr, and fillaux.j@chu-toulouse.fr. Nathalie Wilhelm and Alain Le Coustumier, Service de Biologie Médicale CHG de Cahors, Cahors, France, E-mails: nathalie.wilhelm@ch-cahors.fr and alain.lecoustumier@ch-cahors.fr. Benoit Witkowski and Françoise Benoit-Vical, Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination, UPR8241, Université de Toulouse III, Toulouse, France, E-mails: benwitkowski@yahoo.fr and Francoise.Vical@inserm.fr. Stephane Sire, Unité des Maladies Infectieuses et Tropicales, CHG de Cahors, Cahors, France, E-mail: stephane.sire@chu-cahors.fr. Jean-François Magnaval, Service de Parasitologie-Mycologie, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Toulouse, France, E-mail: magnaval@cict.fr.

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