Journal article

Absence of malaria-specific mortality in children in an area of hyperendemic malaria

K Maitland, TN Williams, TEA Peto, KP Day, JB Clegg, DJ Weatherall, DK Bowden

TRANSACTIONS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF TROPICAL MEDICINE AND HYGIENE | ROYAL SOC TROPICAL MEDICINE | Published : 1997

Abstract

We conducted a prospective community-based malaria surveillance study on a cohort of children 50% in children aged 2-9 years) in Vanuatu, Melanesia, supported by a concurrent prospective descriptive study of malaria admissions to the local hospital. The incidence of clinical malaria in children < 10 years old was 1.9 episodes/year. The annual incidence of severe malaria (severe malarial anaemia and cerebral malaria) was only 2/1000 in children aged < 5 years. The only manifestation of severe malaria seen in indigenous children was anaemia. No death could be attributed to malaria. While the incidence of uncomplicated clinical malaria in this population was comparable to that in many parts of..

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