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Microscopic and submicroscopic Plasmodium falciparum infection, maternal anaemia and adverse pregnancy outcomes in Papua New Guinea: a cohort study

September 10, 2019 - 15:24 -- Open Access
Holger W. Unger, Anna Rosanas-Urgell, Leanne J. Robinson, Maria Ome-Kaius, Shadrach Jally, Alexandra J. Umbers, Willie Pomat, Ivo Mueller, Eline Kattenberg and Stephen J. Rogerson
Malaria Journal 2019 18:302, 2 September 2019

Infection during pregnancy with Plasmodium falciparum is associated with maternal anaemia and adverse birth outcomes including low birth weight (LBW). Studies using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) techniques indicate that at least half of all infections in maternal venous blood are missed by light microscopy or rapid diagnostic tests. The impact of these subpatent infections on maternal and birth outcomes remains unclear.

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