28 June 2017 (Wednesday) - Malaria

Here’s something to make you think. (Well, it made me think)

It turns out that what we all thought was P.Ovale (malaria) is actually two different unrelated species of malaria.
I’d heard speculation about this before. I’m left wondering about all these arguments over the years “ovale!!!” “vivax!!!” “malarae!!!”  when there is increasing evidence that you can’t tell them apart without using all sorts of markers. And bearing in mind the treatment is much the same, surely it is enough to say “malaria”, and err on the side of caution and treat as P.falciparum ?

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