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Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice:
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e318234c39e
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A Case of Plasmodium falciparum Malaria in a Man 6 Months After Visiting a Malaria-Endemic Region

Jenks, Jeffrey MD, MPH*; Heidari, Shireen BA; Watts, Luisa MD; Nader, Claudia MD§

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Abstract

Abstract: Unlike other malaria-causing species of the genus Plasmodium, Plasmodium falciparum normally manifests symptoms of malaria within weeks of exposure. We report the unusual case of symptomatic malaria in a previously healthy individual 6 months after staying in an endemic region. In addition, potential causes for delayed presentation of P falciparum are reviewed. This case shows that P falciparum can have a prolonged incubation period and raises questions as to causes of delayed presentation and where parasites reside before symptoms manifest.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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