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2022 Sep 17

Malar J



Molecular screening reveals non-uniform malaria transmission in western Kenya and absence of Rickettsia africae and selected arboviruses in hospital patients.


Chiuya T, Villinger J, Falzon LC, Alumasa L, Amanya F, Bastos ADS, Fèvre EM, Masiga DK
Malar J. 2022 Sep 17; 21(1):268.
PMID: 36115978.


In sub-Saharan Africa, malaria is the common diagnosis for febrile illness and related clinical features, resulting in the under-diagnosis of other aetiologies, such as arboviruses and Rickettsia. While these may not be significant causes of mortality in malaria-endemic areas, they affect the daily life and performance of affected individuals. It is, therefore, important to have a clear picture of these other aetiologies to institute correct diagnoses at hospitals and improve patient outcomes.