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March 22, 1941

ACCIDENTAL TRANSMISSION OF MALARIA: THROUGH ADMINISTRATION OF STORED BLOOD

Author Affiliations

YONKERS, N. Y.
From the Pediatric Service of the Yonkers Professional Hospital.

JAMA. 1941;116(12):1200-1202. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820120014004
Abstract

In 1938 Wright1 published an excellent review in which he collected 24 case reports of accidental transmission of malaria through the administration of blood. To this he added 6 cases of his own. Since 1938, 5 other cases covering this subject have been described by McCulloch,2 Gardner and Dexter,3 Zussman and Silver,4 Nabarro and Edward5 and Chamorro and Molezzun.6 In all these cases the blood used for the recipient was freshly drawn from the donor and given shortly afterward either intravenously or intramuscularly.

The case about to be related is probably the first ever to be reported in which malaria was acquired through the transfusion of stored blood obtained from a blood bank. As careful a search as it was possible for me to make failed to uncover any like report.

REPORT OF CASE  M. C., a 7 year old white boy of Irish-American

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