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Frequency of Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium falciparum malaria in school going children of Quetta (City), Balochistan

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Arshia Sumbal, Muhammad Iqbal Yasinzai, Mahrukh Naseem, Lawang khan, Tahseen Ara, Nayab Khan

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Int. J. Biosci.13( 6), 43-50, December 2018

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12692/ijb/13.6.43-50


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Malaria is one of the major health problem caused by a vector borne disease of the genus, plasmodium. This parasite is transmitted through bite of female mosquito, Anopheles called malarial vector. The present work was conducted during 1st August 2017 to 31st July 2018 to examine the frequency rate of malarial infection in school going children of Quetta (city) A total no. of 2213 blood slides were prepared (thin & thick) from 33 different schools of Quetta (city) visited twice in each month out of 2213/433 are positive for the malaria infection. The overall positivity rate was (19.5%). However P. vivax was found to be the most common specie with the highest frequency rate (84.52%) as compared with that of P. falciparum (6.01%) and mixed infection was also seen in the present study (12.29%). The variations were found in different age groups. The higher frequency rate of P.vivax (90.8%) in the age group of 11-16 years and lowest was found (81.4%) in the age group of 3-5 years.


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