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Detection of Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium falciparum in blood donors: comparison of new method to the conventional one.

Authors
  • Ali Oner, Yaşar
  • Akin, Hacer
  • Kocazeybek, Bekir
Type
Published Article
Journal
Transfusion and Apheresis Science
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2004
Volume
30
Issue
1
Pages
3–7
Identifiers
PMID: 14746815
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Malaria is a parasitic infection caused by Plasmodium species and it is especially seen in tropical and subtropical areas. Our aim was to determine whether or not malaria is transmitted by blood transfusion in Turkey and to define the rate and the differences between endemic and non-endemic areas. During this study, blood samples were taken from donors who applied to Blood Banks in Istanbul (non-endemic area) and in Adana (endemic area). 2229 donors were screened using the OptilMAL Rapid Malaria Test and Giemsa staining method. Neither the OptiMAL Rapid Malaria Test nor the gold standard Giemsa staining method detected infected erythrocytes and Plasmodium lactate dehydrogenase.

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