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Antimalarial prophylaxis did not reduce mortality, hospital admission in anemic children

January 30, 2015

Intermittent preventive antimalarial treatment modestly improved hemoglobin levels in children with anemia, but it did not significantly reduce mortality or hospital admissions, according to recent findings.

“Children living in malaria areas may develop severe anemia, often caused by malaria infection, and this can cause death if not treated properly,” researcher Mwaka Athuman, PhD, of the Ifakara Health Institute in Tanzania, and colleagues wrote. “Intermittent preventive treatment is a course of malaria treatment given regularly to these children in order to prevent infection and malaria illness.”

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