Malaria and Blood transfusions

SParker eparker at
Sun Nov 22 14:40:27 EST 1998

I wonder how common asymptomatic malaria is?  If someone is extremely sick I
do not beleive they will be giving much blood.

amber wrote in message
<911646755.8161.0.nnrp-02.c2dedeeb at>...
>Hi, to whoever can help me.
>I was recently asked a question from my A level students concerning the
>possibility that malaria could be contracted via blood transfusions.  I
>them that my instinct was that it could not, however I would find out for
>them.  I have researched extensively to no avail, so I am now asking 'the
>experts' out there to help me.
>If malaria can be transmitted via transfusions, I would like to know the
>mechanisms and whether or not blood is routinely screened for the
>If it is not transmitted via transfusions I would like to know why not
>are a bright group, I can't put them off!).  I have a good knowledge (I
>thought :-) ) of microbiology, so I would appreciate an in-depth answer.
>            Thanks in advance
>                        Amber.

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