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The Epidemiology of Malaria in Kocaeli
1 Kocaeli Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Mikrobiyoloji Anabilim Dalı, Kocaeli, Türkiye  
Turkiye Parazitol Derg 2008; 32: 313-316

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Key Words: Kocaeli, malaria, epidemiology
Abstract

Malaria is a very important disease both for the world and Turkey. In this retrospective study, malaria cases detected by the Malaria Control Unit Division of the Bursa Health Directorship from 1997-2007 have been evaluated. During this ten-year period, a total of 46,959 blood specimens were examined and 64 (0.14%) malaria cases were detected. Out of the 64 cases of malaria, 63 (98.44%) were caused by Plasmodium vivax and 1 (1.56%) by Plasmodium falciparum. Of the 64 cases, 45 (70.3%) were male and (29.7%), female. Positivity rates were found to be highest in 1997 and 1998. In this study, we have reviewed the malaria cases according to age, gender, locality and source of infection. 

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