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The World in Medicine
October 14, 1998

Malaria on the Rise

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JAMA. 1998;280(14):1216. doi:10.1001/jama.280.14.1216-JWM80007-2-1

A dramatic increase in Plasmodium falciparum malaria, a particularly severe form of the disease, has been identified in northern Honduras.

In the September issue of the Pan American Journal of Public Health, researchers from Jamaica and the United States reported a recent outbreak of malaria in the rural Colón region. Of the 202 blood samples they collected from that region and from the city of San Pedro Sula, 47% were positive for P falciparum parasites. All positive samples from the city were infected with Plasmodium vivax, which causes a milder form of illness.

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