Clinical features of malaria in Orang Asli population in Pos Piah, Malaysia.

Norhayati Moktar, A. K. Rohani, M. I. Hayati, A. S. Halimah, M. Y. Sharom, A. H. Abidin, M. S. Fatmah

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A malaria survey was conducted to examine the presence of common clinical features of malaria in individuals living in an endemic area of malaria. The overall infection rate was 11.0% with 7.5% and 3.5% infected with Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium falciparum respectively. The mean parasitaemia level of both species was 2905.9 parasites/microliter blood, with the mean parasitaemia level of P. vivax and P. falciparum at 682.7 parasites/microliter blood and 6981.7 parasites/microliter blood respectively. The infection rates were higher in the younger age group. Hepatomegaly, hepatosplenomegaly and clinical anaemia were significantly associated with malaria. None of the patients were febrile. In conclusion, in low endemic areas, the presence of clinical anaemia, hepatomegaly and hepatosplenomegaly in afebrile individuals could be considered as useful criteria for the presence of asymptomatic parasitaemia. It is important to carry out laboratory diagnostic investigations, to ensure all the asymptomatic parasitaemia which act as reservoirs are detected and treated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-274
Number of pages4
JournalMedical Journal of Malaysia
Volume56
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2001

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Malaysia
Malaria
Plasmodium vivax
Parasites
Hepatomegaly
Plasmodium falciparum
Population
Anemia
Infection
Fever
Age Groups

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Moktar, N., Rohani, A. K., Hayati, M. I., Halimah, A. S., Sharom, M. Y., Abidin, A. H., & Fatmah, M. S. (2001). Clinical features of malaria in Orang Asli population in Pos Piah, Malaysia. Medical Journal of Malaysia, 56(3), 271-274.

Clinical features of malaria in Orang Asli population in Pos Piah, Malaysia. / Moktar, Norhayati; Rohani, A. K.; Hayati, M. I.; Halimah, A. S.; Sharom, M. Y.; Abidin, A. H.; Fatmah, M. S.

In: Medical Journal of Malaysia, Vol. 56, No. 3, 09.2001, p. 271-274.

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Moktar, N, Rohani, AK, Hayati, MI, Halimah, AS, Sharom, MY, Abidin, AH & Fatmah, MS 2001, 'Clinical features of malaria in Orang Asli population in Pos Piah, Malaysia.', Medical Journal of Malaysia, vol. 56, no. 3, pp. 271-274.
Moktar N, Rohani AK, Hayati MI, Halimah AS, Sharom MY, Abidin AH et al. Clinical features of malaria in Orang Asli population in Pos Piah, Malaysia. Medical Journal of Malaysia. 2001 Sep;56(3):271-274.
Moktar, Norhayati ; Rohani, A. K. ; Hayati, M. I. ; Halimah, A. S. ; Sharom, M. Y. ; Abidin, A. H. ; Fatmah, M. S. / Clinical features of malaria in Orang Asli population in Pos Piah, Malaysia. In: Medical Journal of Malaysia. 2001 ; Vol. 56, No. 3. pp. 271-274.
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