Plasmodium falciparum malaria case originating from Uganda

Altun H. U., Gül Y. K., Vudalı E., Hatipoğlu Ç. A., Bulut C., Yağci S., ...More

Türkiye parazitolojii dergisi / Türkiye Parazitoloji Derneği = Acta parasitologica Turcica / Turkish Society for Parasitology, vol.37, no.3, pp.229-232, 2013 (Scopus) identifier identifier


Malaria is the fifth infection leading to death in the world. Plasmodium species is the malarial parasite that infects human cells. The five species of the human Plasmodium parasites are P. falciparum, P. vivax, P. ovale, P. malariae and P. knowlesi. Recently, the World Health Organization reported that Uganda has the world's highest malaria incidence, with a rate of 478 cases per 1000 population per year. In this article, a patient who had specific clinical signs and symptoms of malaria after work-related travel to Uganda has been evaluated. The major clinical findings of the patient were chills and fever. After examination of thin and thick blood smears prepared from the peripheral blood of the patient, P. falciparum parasites were observed. Cerebral malaria was suspected as the patient's consciousness, orientation and cooperation had deteriorated. No Plasmodium was seen in control blood smears after treatment.