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April 19, 1947

DANGER OF TRANSMITTING MALARIA BY TRANSFUSION

Author Affiliations

Chicago. Chairman, Department of Medicine, University of Chicago.

JAMA. 1947;133(16):1238. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880160064024

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  I believe it would be desirable to renew a warning to medical practitioners that a danger exists in transfusing recipients from donors who have had a past malarial history.Although I have no extensive data the transfer of infection has occurred on numerous occasions all over the country. A case reported by Sharnoff, Geiger and Selzer (Am. J. Clin. Path.15:494 [Nov.] 1945) was of particular interest because blood had been stored in a bank for eight days, yet a malarial infection was transferred. When blood is stored at low temperatures, the parasites seem to exist for a long period. The actual limits of time have not been established, but eight days would seem to be quite an interval for an active blood bank.I have been told of a soldier who had been overseas under suppressive medication and never had had experience with malaria; yet,

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