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Short communication: Concomitant malaria and filariasis infections in Georgetown, Guyana

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Lymphatic filariasis and malaria are endemic in Guyana, South America. To determine the prevalence of concomitant infections, we conducted a 1-year survey of febrile patients attending the malaria (day) and filariasis (night) clinics in Georgetown. In all, 1278 thick blood smears were collected: 769 for filariasis, of which 103 were positive for Wuchereria bancrofti, and three for both W. bancrofti and malaria parasites; and 509 for malaria, 21 of which tested positive for malaria and 17 for both malaria and filariasis. The age groups and sex of the infected persons with malaria and W. bancrofti are described. These results suggest that the incidence of concomitant infections in Guyana may be quite low but efforts should be made to reduce the disease burden in Georgetown, Guyana.
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Keywords: Guyana; concomitant infections; filariasis; malaria; prevalence

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Insect Vector Control Division, St Joseph, Trinidad 2: Caribbean Epidemiology Centre, Port of Spain, Trinidad 3: Ministry of Health, Georgetown, Guyana

Publication date: 2003-02-01

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