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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 446-448

Concurrent malaria and dengue fever: A need for rapid diagnostic methods

Department of Paediatrics, K. J. Somaiya Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Sujata Kanhere
Department of Pediatrics, K. J. Somaiya Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Sion (E), Mumbai - 400 022, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/2249-4863.148146

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Malaria and dengue fever are endemic in the South-East Asian region including India. Both the illnesses share similar symptomatology, but differ in certain respects such as different- causative organisms and mosquito vector with diverse habitat. Hence, concurrent malaria and dengue fever in the same patient is said to be unusual. There have been cases of concurrent malaria and dengue, but they are scarce from highly endemic region like ours. Here, we describe three unusual cases of Plasmodium vivax and dengue co-infection diagnosed by use of rapid diagnostic tests. Early diagnosis and timely intervention is crucial in managing such patients.

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