Medicine: Blood and Malaria

Severely ill patients needing blood transfusions and heroin addicts "skin-popping" with dirty needles would seem to have little in common. But now they share the danger of contracting malaria. The U.S. Center for Disease Control reports an increasing number of cases of malaria in both addicts and patients.

Toward the end of World War II, health authorities feared that malaria, then being rapidly eradicated in the U.S., would be re-established by servicemen returning from the Mediterranean and Pacific theaters. Their alarm proved groundless. Many servicemen did harbor the parasites (Plasmodium vivax) of the milder, relapsing form of malaria, but there was no...

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