Malaria in children is still an important public health problem in endemicareas of South-East Asia and Latin America. Certain forms of the disease, such asPlasmodium vivax severe malaria, are still neglected. This descriptive study assessedthe frequency of severe and benign P. vivax infection in Emberá children (<14 yearsof age) from an endemic municipality in Colombia in 2013, using the WHO criteria.During 2013, 270 Emberá children presented 349 episodes of malaria. From them,22 (8.1%) presented at least one of the criteria for severe malaria. Some patientswith P. vivax presented with severe malaria (severe anemia, renal dysfunction, respiratory distress and seizure). Mixed malaria cases presented more complicationsthan those with monoinfection (OR = 5.535; 95%CI 1.81—16.9). In Colombia, few dataare available about severe P. vivax malaria in children, especially in the Amerindianethnic groups. Mixed infections were associated with increased risk of severe malaria.At the same time, detailed and prospective studies are needed to measure the realimpact of severe vivax malaria, as was evidenced in this paper.
Malaria por Plasmodium vivax benigna y severa en niños y adolescentes Embera de un municipio de Colombia
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- Línea de investigación: Epidemiología
- Autores: Medina-Morales DA, Montoya-Franco E, Sanchez-Aristizabal VD, Machado-Alba JE, Rodríguez-Morales AJ
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Medina-Morales DA, Montoya-Franco E, Sanchez-Aristizabal VD, Machado-Alba JE, Rodríguez-Morales AJ. Severe and benign Plasmodium vivax malaria in Emberá (Amerindian) children and adolescents from an endemic municipality in Western Colombia. J Infect Public Health. 2016 Mar-Apr;9(2):172-80. Enlace: http://www.jiph.org/article/S1876-0341(15)00161-6/abstract