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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 166-169

Imported vivax malaria: A case report and a literature review

Department of Laboratories, Hematology Unit, Al Nuaman Teaching Hospital, Baghdad, Iraq

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Dr. Basma Dawood Hanoon
Al Nuaman Teaching Hospital, Baghdad
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DOI: 10.4103/ijh.ijh_8_20

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Imported malaria is defined as an infection acquired in a malaria-endemic area but diagnosed in a nonendemic country after the development of clinical symptoms. The fatality rate of malaria in the nonendemic area was 60 times higher than that in endemic areas, mainly because of the late diagnosis and treatment. Here, we report a 23-year-old Bangladesh male worker in a cleaning company was admitted to the Al Nuaman Teaching Hospital on May 22, 2018, with high-grade fever and abdominal pain of 2 days duration. In medical history, he had been diagnosed with malaria since childhood. The case report is presented with a review of the literature. Microscopy remains the gold standard diagnostic tool of malaria, thick and thin smears ± rapid diagnostic tests should be performed on all febrile returned travelers from risk areas.

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