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Prevalence of falciparum malaria together with acute diarrhoea in children residing in a malaria endemic zon

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Author(s): Theresa K. Nkuo-Akenji | Olga N. Menang

Journal: African Journal of Health Sciences
ISSN 1022-9272

Volume: 12;
Issue: 1-2;
Start page: 26;
Date: 2005;
Original page

ABSTRACT
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
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