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Global Health
June 21, 2016

Reducing Malaria Parasite Load in Donated Blood

JAMA. 2016;315(23):2513. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.7503

In areas where the Plasmodium parasite is endemic, it can be transmitted through blood donated from asymptomatic people. Treating donated whole blood with a pathogen reduction technology that uses a combination of UV radiation and riboflavin (vitamin B2) to inactivate malaria parasites in blood reduces the incidence of transfusion-transmitted malaria, according to a report from investigators from the United Kingdom and Ghana (Allain J-P et al. Lancet. 2016;387:1753-1761).

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