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A case of imported malaria: the first report of a Plasmodium malariae infection in Sri Lanka after 37 years

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HAC Hapaurachchi ,

Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, P.O. Box 6, Thalagolla Road, Ragama, Sri Lanka, LK
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NK Gunawardane,

Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, P.O. Box 6, Thalagolla Road, Ragama, Sri Lanka, LK
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MP Senevirathne,

Colombo North Teaching Hospital, Ragama, Sri Lanka, LK
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W Abeyewickreme,

Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, P.O. Box 6, Thalagolla Road, Ragama, Sri Lanka, LK
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NR de Silva

Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, P.O. Box 6, Thalagolla Road, Ragama, Sri Lanka, LK
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Abstract

We report a case of Plasmodium falciparum and P malariae mixed infection in a patient who had been living in Malawi. This is the first case of P malariae reported in Sri Lanka in 4 decades. The presence of both parasites was confirmed by microscopy and polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The history strongly indicated that the infection had been acquired from Malawi. The patient had liver dysfunction and a transient glomerulonephritis, both of which subsided with antimalarial treatment.  

Key words: Plasmodium malariae, Plasmodium falciparum, PCR, microscopy

doi:10.4038/cmj.v53i2.233  

Ceylon Medical Journal Vol. 53, No. 2, June 2008 pp.53-54

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4038/cmj.v53i2.233
How to Cite: Hapaurachchi, H., Gunawardane, N., Senevirathne, M., Abeyewickreme, W. and de Silva, N., 2008. A case of imported malaria: the first report of a Plasmodium malariae infection in Sri Lanka after 37 years. Ceylon Medical Journal, 53(2), pp.53–54. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cmj.v53i2.233
Published on 12 Dec 2008.
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