Prevalence of Asymptomatic Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium falciparum Infections in Tribal Population of a Village in Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra State, India
S.R. Karlekar, M.M. Deshpande and R.J. Andrew
Journal Title:Biological Forum-An International Journal
ABSTRACT : The present investigation was undertaken to study the prevalence of asymptomatic malaria in the tribal village Khobramendha of Gadchiroli district in Maharashtra state. Out of a total of 210 samples collected, nine tested positive (4.28%) for asymptomatic malaria. Six were positive for P. falciparum (66.6%) and three for P. vivax (33.3%). Not a single case of mixed infection was detected. The male/female ratio was 2/1 for both P. vivax and P. falciparum. The average age of the positive individual was found to be 24.8 years. As far as asymptomatic malaria cases of Khobramendh village is concerned, it is female biased upto the age of 60, but later on it is dominantly male biased (67%).