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Malaria and blood transfusion

John Kobayashi johnk at u.washington.edu
Sat Nov 21 18:04:35 EST 1998

Another good source of information is the CDC website: www.cdc.gov
There is a search feature, which will generate a large number of malaria
articles for you. While transfusion associated malaria is quite possible,
but it is rarely reported in the us. Blood banks check potential donors
for a history of malaria.

John Kobayashi, WA St Dept of Health
206-361-2831 FAX 206-361-2930 
email: johnk at u.washington.edu
or jmk0303 at doh.wa.gov

On 21 Nov 1998, James Mahaffy wrote:

> amber wrote:
> > 
> > I would be very grateful is someone could answer a question for me.
> > Is it possible to contract malaria from blood transfusions and if so does
> > blood have to be screened for the protozoan in areas where it is endemic.
> > I would be very grateful if you could also give any details of mechanisms as
> > well.
> > This question was prompted due to a question from one of my A level
> > students, I told her that i don't think it can be however I would find out
> > for certain.  I cannot however find any information - even through the web,
> > so anything would be appreciated.
> >             Thanks
> >                 Amber.
> ]
> Amber,
> Since I grew up in Eritrea, East Africa and have had Malaria, I knew
> the  blood folks would not take my blood until I had been symptom free
> for seven years.  A search of medline (your student can search it free
> on the web) using red cross and malaria [other terms brought in too
> much] brought in a number of articles indicating that it is one of
> several blood parasites that can be transmitted through the blood. One
> article citation is: Vox Sang 1998;74 Suppl 2:161-3 . 
> -- 
> James Mahaffy (mahaffy at dordt.edu)      Phone: 712 722-6279
> Biology Department                     FAX :  712 722-1198
> Dordt College, Sioux Center IA 51250

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