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September 20, 1971

Malaria Transmission by Leukocyte Component Therapy

Author Affiliations

From the Malaria Surveillance, Parasitic Diseases Branch, Epidemiology Program, Center for Disease Control, Health Services and Mental Health Administration, Public Health Service (Dr. Dover), Atlanta; and the Bureau of Infectious Disease Control, New York City Health Department (Dr. Guinee).

JAMA. 1971;217(12):1701-1702. doi:10.1001/jama.1971.03190120067017

A 38-year-old man with chronic myelogenous leukemia received 203 units of blood and blood products. On Aug 8, 1969, a lung biopsy was performed because of recurrent fever and chills, and malaria-like forms were found which led to identification of Plasmodium vivax on peripheral blood smears. Only one highly suspect infective donor was found—a Vietnam veteran who had donated blood on June 27, from which the leukocytes were administered to the patient on the same day.