Health Risk of Malaria Infection During Pregnancy: A Review

Azuonwu, O.; Amadi, E. C.; Wokem, G. N.; Kalu, N. E.
January 2011
Journal of Pharmacy Research;Jan2011, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p30
Academic Journal
Malaria infection during pregnancy is a serious public health problem and needs urgent interventional measures to reduce its burden. It is different from the diseases in non-pregnant state. Maternal malaria has serious consequences for the foetus which is likely to cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature deliver, low birth weight and increasing risk of infant deaths. In addition, maternal complications include, anaemia, cerebral malaria, hypoglycemia, intravascular coagulation etc. This review was done to evaluate the burden of malaria infection during pregnancy and parasitological disagnosis of malaria during pregnancy which will provoke early detection and highlight the importance of early treatment so as to reduce the burden globally. Hence, there is urgent need on the use of ITNS to reduce the exposure of individuals to infective mosquito bites, the vector of malaria parasite.


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