What are the increased risks for pregnant women who contract malaria?

Updated: Apr 26, 2019
  • Author: Thomas E Herchline, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Pregnant women, especially primigravid women, are up to 10 times more likely to contract malaria than nongravid women. Gravid women who contract malaria also have a greater tendency to develop severe malaria. Unlike malarial infection in nongravid individuals, pregnant women with P vivax are at high risk for severe malaria, and those with P falciparum have a greatly increased predisposition for severe malaria as well.

For these reasons, it is especially important that nonimmune pregnant women in endemic areas use the proper pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic prophylaxis.


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