What is the prevalence of parasitic infections transmitted by transfusion?

Updated: Apr 16, 2019
  • Author: Linda L Maerz, MD, FACS, FCCM; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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The most common parasitic infection transmitted by transfusion is malaria, with an incidence of 1:4 million. [38] However, in low HDI countries (where malaria tends to be endemic), the incidence of transfusion-transmitted malaria may be as high as 1:3.


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