ELIZABETH BARRETT-CONNOR, M.D.
The story of imported malaria is depressingly repetitive. The traveler has received faulty or no advice on the need for prophylaxis, has not heeded recommendations that were made, and suffers a delay in diagnosis and treatment of malaria on return. I have seen a young woman who spent 2 weeks trying to persuade her internist that her alternate-day fever could be malaria; several expensive and some potentially hazardous investigations were performed before a blood smear confirmed the patient's diagnosis. Kean and Reilly (1) have estimated an average cost of nearly $2000 for diagnosis and treatment of malaria in U.S. hospitals,
BARRETT-CONNOR E. Where Are You Going?. Ann Intern Med. ;86:236–237. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-86-2-236
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1977;86(2):236-237.
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