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African Journal of Health Sciences
The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)
ISSN: 1022-9272
Vol. 12, No. 1-2, 2005, pp. 26-30
Bioline Code: jh05005
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Journal of Health Sciences, Vol. 12, No. 1-2, 2005, pp. 26-30

 en Prevalence of Falciparum Malaria Together with Acute Diarrhoea in Children Residing in a Malaria Endemic Zone
Nkuo-Akenji, Theresa K. & Menang, Olga N.


To investigate an association between diarrhoea and malaria in children, a study was conducted in Buea on 215 children ranging from 0 – 5 years of age attending the Buea District hospital as out patients. Out of this number 118 (54.9%) had acute diarrhoea. The control group without diarrhoea comprised 97 children. Thick blood smears were examined to detect malaria parasites. The prevalence of malaria in the study population was 60% and mean parasite density was 4460.4 parasites/μl of blood (SD±3047.8). There was no significant difference in parasitaemia in children with and without diarrhoea (p<0.5). The prevalence of concurrent malaria and diarrhoea was 20% compared with 40% malaria prevalence in children without diarrhoea. We conclude that there was no association between malaria and diarrhoea in the study population

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