How often should blood smears be obtained during the treatment of malaria?

Updated: Apr 26, 2019
  • Author: Thomas E Herchline, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Obtain blood smears every day to demonstrate a response to treatment. The sexual stage of the protozoan, the gametocyte, does not respond to most standard medications (eg, chloroquine, quinine), but gametocytes eventually die and do not pose a threat to the individual's health or cause any symptoms.


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