J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 76:467-468 doi:10.1136/jnnp.2004.050377
  • Malaria
  • Editorial commentary

Severe malaria: still counting the costs

  1. G L Birbeck1,
  2. T E Taylor2
  1. 1Departments of Neurology & Epidemiology, Michigan State University, MI, USA
  2. 2College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Department of Internal Medicine, Michigan State University
  1. Correspondence to:
 Gretchen L Birbeck
 Assistant Professor, Departments of Neurology & Epidemiology, 138 Service Road, A217, East Lansing, MI 48824-1313, USA;

    The cost of severe malaria

    The burden of malaria in the developing world has largely been measured in terms of childhood mortality. Annually, 300–500 million infections occur resulting in 1 million deaths; these account for 20% of childhood mortality in malaria endemic regions.1 An article by Carter et al (this issue, pp 476–81) provides evidence that the burden of malaria includes chronic neurological consequences among survivors.2

    The possibility that survivors of severe malaria suffer from neurological sequelae such as cognitive deficits or epilepsy has been suggested.3 Certainly, gross deficits at hospital discharge among a small proportion of survivors have been reported, …

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