E-ISSN 2146-3077
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Malaria Cases Detected by Active Surveillance in Malatya
1 İnönü Üniversitesi Turgut Özal Tıp Merkezi, Parazitoloji Anabilim Dalı, Malatya, Türkiye  
2 Ordu Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Tıbbi Parazitoloji Anabilim Dalı, Ordu, Türkiye  
3 Sağlık Müdürlüğü, Sıtma Savaş Birimi, Malatya  
4 İnönü Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Parazitoloji Anabilim Dalı, Malatya  
Turkiye Parazitol Derg 2006; 30: 86-88

Key Words: Malaria, active surveillance, Malatya
Abstract

Malaria continues to be an important health problem in and around Malatya. Although the disease can be kept under control thanks to the regular work of the Centre for the Struggle against Malaria, it can not be eradicated fully due to the socio-economic conditions in the region. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of the disease through active surveillance in those regions where it is most common. From 2003, until 2004, 8856 blood samples were collected at one month intervals and 66 patients were found to be positive. Sixty three of the patients were Plasmodium vivax positive and 3 patients, P. falciparum, positive. The questionnaire administered to the positive patients (ranging from 02-70 years of age) revealed that 8 of the cases originated from extra-provincial sources. Men constitute 43% of all patients and women, 23%. Consequently it was concluded in this study that malaria threatens the people in the region. Therefore it was considered important for the Malatya Centre for the Struggle against Malaria and the local university to cooperate in the struggle against malaria by offering planned training programs in public health. 

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