Unscreened blood transfusions spread malaria in Ghana

Travellers should be aware that blood transfusions may not be screened for malaria prior to administration. The injected malaria parasites from the unscrewed blood will cause malaria in the recipient.

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Advice For Travellers

It is not clear from this report how often malaria is transmitted through unscreened blood transfusions. Travellers who require a blood transfusion should insist that the blood be screened for malaria prior to administration.

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