Rare malaria type, detected in jawan after his return from Sudan, contained in Kerala

Written by Vishnu Varma
| Kochi |

December 11, 2020 4:12:25 pm

Timely detection of the rare type of malaria and prompt treatment prevented the spread of the disease.

A rare type of malaria, previously not reported in Kerala, was identified in a soldier in Kannur district of the state, nearly a year after he arrived from Sudan where he was posted as part of the Indian peacekeeping operations, authorities said.

The jawan, in his 40s, is believed to have contracted the Plasmodium ovale, a type of malaria caused by a bite from a female Anopheles mosquito, during his time in Sudan as it is endemic to that region. In contrast, the common types of malaria reported in India are the ones with more severe consequences such as Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax.

“The jawan had returned to India from Sudan in January this year and was in Delhi. A month ago, he came to Kerala and shortly after, he began experiencing fever and other symptoms. When we tested him for Covid-19, the reports came back negative,” said Dr Rajeevan, medical superintendent at the district hospital in Kannur where he was treated.

“Since he had come from Delhi, we decided to test him for malaria. And on the slide, we could see the parasite inside the red blood cell sample. In Kerala, we usually see malaria types like…

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