The case report of a non-resident Indian with Plasmodium ovale curtisi from Kerala
Supriya Sharma1, V Meenakshy2, MS Sasi2, Naseem Ahmed1, Alex Eapen1, KK Shini2, Amit Sharma3, Bina Srivastava1
1 ICMR-National Institute of Malaria Research, Sector-8, Dwarka, New Delhi, India
2 National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, Kerala, India
3 ICMR-National Institute of Malaria Research, Sector-8, Dwarka; Molecular Medicine, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi, India
STO, ICMR-National Institute of Malaria Research, Sector-8, Dwarka, New Delhi-110077
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
India's target of malaria elimination by 2030 may not achieve solely by detecting Plasmodium falciparum and P. vivax, the two common Plasmodium species causing infections in humans. Sporadic reports have also been documented on other Plasmodium species in the country, associated mostly with travel history. A febrile patient of Indian origin (Non-Resident Indian-NRI) was diagnosed with an infection of Plasmodium ovale curtisi malaria on his arrival from Sudan. A case report from Kerala was published in December 2020, and this report is another. Due to the inaccessibility of molecular techniques for routine diagnosis, this neglected non-falciparum malaria goes undetected. For an accurate diagnosis, suspected malaria cases should be tested using PCR and other advanced methods.