How prevalent is Plasmodium malariae in Rondônia, western Brazilian Amazon?

  title={How prevalent is Plasmodium malariae in Rond{\^o}nia, western Brazilian Amazon?},
  author={M T Cavasini and Weber L Ribeiro and Fumihiko Kawamoto and Marcelo U Ferreira},
  journal={Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical},
  volume={33 5},
We have compared results of Plasmodium species identification obtained with conventional on-site microscopy of Giemsa-stained thick smears (GTS) and a semi-nested polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in 96 malaria patients from Rondônia, Western Brazilian Amazon. Mixed-species infections were detected by PCR in 30% patients, but no such case had been found on GTS. Moreover, P. malariae infections were detected in 9 of 96 patients (10%) by PCR, but were not identified by local microscopists. The… CONTINUE READING

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