Alan E. Greenberg, MD; Hans O. Lobel, MD, MPH
Each year, more than 1 million U.S. citizens travel to malaria-endemic areas (1), and several hundred become infected with Plasmodium falciparum (2), the malaria species most commonly associated with severe morbidity and mortality. To define the mortality from P. falciparum in U.S. travelers and to assess factors that may contribute to mortality, we reviewed all malaria fatalities reported to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) from 1959 to 1987.
Malaria is a reportable disease in the United States, and the Malaria Branch of the CDC coordinates a national malaria surveillance system. Using annual surveillance reports (2), all deaths from
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Greenberg AE, Lobel HO. Mortality from Plasmodium falciparum Malaria in Travelers from the United States, 1959 to 1987. Ann Intern Med. 1990;113:326-327. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-113-4-326
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1990;113(4):326-327.
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