Unexpected detection of Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium falciparum DNA in asymptomatic blood donors: Fact or artifact?

  • A. M
  • C. C
  • J.E. L
  • et al.
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Abstract

A study searching for Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium falciparum DNA among blood donors from the non-endemi area in Brazil reported a rate of 7.41%. This number is at least three times higher than what has been observed in bloo donors from the Amazon, an endemic area concentrating <99% of all malaria cases in Brazil. Moreover, the majority o the donors were supposedly infected by P. falciparum, a rare finding both in men and anophelines from the Atlanti forest. These findings shall be taken with caution since they disagree with several publications in the literature an possibly overestimate the actual risk of malaria transmission by blood transfusion in Sao Paulo city. Copyright © 2014 Mendrone et al.

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A., M., C., C., J.E., L., M., B., M.C.A., S., R.D.S., M., & S.M.D., S. (2014). Unexpected detection of Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium falciparum DNA in asymptomatic blood donors: Fact or artifact? Malaria Journal. J.E. Levi, Fundacao Pro-Sangue, Hemocentro de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil. E-mail: jelevi@prosangue.sp.gov.br: BioMed Central Ltd. (E-mail: info@biomedcentral.com). Retrieved from http://www.malariajournal.com/home/

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