MARCEL E. CONRAD
The military need to station many soldiers in geographic areas where drug-resistant malaria is endemic has led to an increased prevalence of malaria in the United States. Most physicians have been alerted to the possibility of malaria occurring in returnees from Vietnam but do not suspect this diagnosis in civilians who become febrile days or weeks after blood transfusion (1-3).
Accidental transmission of malaria cannot be avoided by blood storage or available laboratory tests of donor blood. Malarial parasites can survive for weeks in banked blood and are difficult to detect in stained thick smears from asymptomatic malarial carriers (4-6).
CONRAD ME. Malarial Transfusions. Ann Intern Med. ;67:676–677. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-67-3-676
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1967;67(3_Part_1):676-677.
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