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Title: Possible acute coinfections in Thai malaria patients
Authors: Tasawan Singhsilarak
Sawatdirak Phongtananant
Mongkol Jenjittikul
George Watt
Noppadon Tangpakdee
Nantaporn Popak
Kobsiri Chalermrut
Sornchai Looareesuwan
Mahidol University
Thailand Ministry of Public Health
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Keywords: Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2006
Citation: Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health. Vol.37, No.1 (2006), 1-4
Abstract: We conducted serodiagnostic testing for dengue virus infection, murine typhus, scrub typhus and leptospirosis in Plasmodium falciparum-infected individuals in Thailand. Sera from 194 malaria patients with a median age of 24 years were tested. No antibody titers diagnostic of dengue virus infection were demonstrated, but 29 (15%) of patients had serological evidence of scrub typhus, 45 (23.2%) patients had evidence of murine typhus, and 15 (7.7%) sera tested positive for leptospirosis. Our serological results suggested that duel infections are not uncommon in malaria that is acquired in Thailand. However, our results must be confirmed by prospective studies aimed at describing the causative organisms. Mixed infections would have multiple implications for clinicians, including unexpected clinical findings and apparent poor responses to antimalarial treatment in patients thought only to have malaria.
ISSN: 01251562
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2006-2010

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