MSPTM 2019 Annual Scientific Conference
13 - 14 March 2019
InterContinental Kuala Lumpur

Abstract

Title

A PECULIAR SOUVENIR: A CASE REPORT OF AN IMPORTED PLASMODIUM MALARIAE FROM CENTRAL AFRICA TO MALAYSIA BY A MALAYSIAN

Type
E-Poster Presentation Competition for Student
Theme
Scaling Up Efforts in Tropical Disease and Vector Control through Evidence-Based Research
Topic
Malaria

Authors

Main Author
Cassandra Anne binti Abot1 2
Presenting Author
Cassandra Anne binti Abot1 2
Co-Author
Amirah binti Amir3

Authors' Institution

Department / Institution / Country
Department of Pathology (Medical Microbiology) / Malacca General Hospital, Ministry of Health, Malaysia / Malaysia1
Department of Pathology (Medical Microbiology), Faculty of Medicine / Universiti Malaya / Malaysia2
Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine / Universiti Malaya / Malaysia3
Content
Abstract Content

Introduction: Despite our progress into pre-elimination phase, elimination of malaria may be hampered by unresolved impediments such as imported cases, which account for 22 percent of all cases in the country. Migrant workers and refugees from endemic countries are well-documented risk populations for imported malaria cases.

Case Description: We report a case of a 60-year-old Indian gentleman, a Malaysian citizen, who acquired a P. malariae infection weeks before returning home to Malaysia after a 3-year stint of working in oil-palm estates around Gabon, Central Africa. He was tentatively diagnosed on the basis of Giemsa-stained peripheral blood film (PBF) examinations, which was later confirmed with nested PCR. A prompt response was attained after admission and commencement of treatment, as evidenced by a decline in parasitic counts on subsequent PBFs. His PBF was negative on day 3 post-treatment.

Discussion: This case highlights a newly identified risk factor for imported malaria cases. Malaysian expatriates returning from endemic countries have not previously been described as a potential risk population in Malaysia.

Keywords: Imported malaria; Malariae; Central Africa; Malaysian expatriate; risk population
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