Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Diagnosis and Therapy

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Epidemiological study of malaria (1987-2013) (Kenitra, Morocco).

Malaria is a vector-borne parasitic disease that is still one of the major public health problems in tropical countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. With the mortality and morbidity rates recorded every year, it also represents a huge financial burden for the populations and consequently the disease constitutes an obstacle to the development of the endemic countries. For all these reasons, the fight against malaria together with the fight against AIDS and tuberculosis is one of the Millennium Goals defined by the United Nations and the Global Fund is intended to supply the applicant countries with Drugs. In order to estimate the risk of malaria in Morocco, we carried out a retrospective study of the situation of imported malaria diagnosed in the provincial laboratory of parasitic diseases Kenitra during the period 1987 to 2013. The results show that seventy-eight cases were identified in 1987, 91% of these cases are male, aged over 15 years. The cases recorded are imported from African countries: The Republic of Guinea 25% and Niger 15%. The parasites encountered are Plasmodium falciparum 61%, Plasmodium vivax 29% and Plasmodium ovale 10%.

Author(s): Marc I, Chibani A, Belala A, Alkhali A, Alemad A, Sanae S, Harkati FB, Belghyti D, Kharrim KE