Situation of Asymptomatic Malaria among Iranian Native and Afghan and Pakistani Immigrants in a Malarious Area under the National Malaria Elimination Program of Iran

  • Setareh ASKARI Department of Medical Parasitology & Mycology, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Mehdi NATEGHPOUR ORCID Mail Department of Medical Parasitology & Mycology, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran AND Research Center of Quran, Hadith and Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Afsaneh MOTEVALLI HAGHI ORCID Department of Medical Parasitology & Mycology, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Leila FARIVAR Department of Medical Parasitology & Mycology, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Ahmad RAEISI ORCID Department of Medical Parasitology & Mycology, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Mehdi MOHEBALI ORCID Department of Medical Parasitology & Mycology, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Keywords:
Asymptomatic malaria, Malaria elimination, Immigrants, Iran

Abstract

Background: This study was designed to detect, if there are asymptomatic malaria infections amongst native and immigrant population from Afghanistan and Pakistan countries in Sistan & Baluchistan Province of Iran, where is under the national malaria elimination program.

Methods: This cross-sectional study was performed among native individuals and resident immigrants in the southeastern province of Sistan & Baluchistan from May 2016 to Jul 2017. A total of 271 individuals were considered in this cross- sectional study based on microscopical method, Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs) and PCR techniques. Out of 271 native and immigrant participants 140 (52%) and 131 (48%) were male and female, respectively.

Results: None of the prepared samples was diagnosed as malaria positive case when was considered via above mentioned three techniques.

Conclusion: Neither native nor immigrant individuals had asymptomatic malaria, hinting that national malaria elimination program is performed according to planned schedule in the studied areas

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Published
2020-12-06
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ASKARI S, NATEGHPOUR M, MOTEVALLI HAGHI A, FARIVAR L, RAEISI A, MOHEBALI M. Situation of Asymptomatic Malaria among Iranian Native and Afghan and Pakistani Immigrants in a Malarious Area under the National Malaria Elimination Program of Iran. Iran J Parasitol. 15(4):530-536.
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