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[Comment] Transfusion-transmitted malaria: is hope around the corner?

About 214 million acute cases of malaria occur worldwide every year, the majority of which are in Africa.1 Although usually mosquito-borne, these Plasmodium parasite infections are also transmitted by blood transfusion in endemic countries. In highly endemic areas, transfusion-transmitted malaria can result in no symptoms or fairly mild symptoms if recipients have previous exposure and are semi-immune. However, for those with no immunity, as is often the case for young children, transfusion-transmitted malaria poses a very serious risk.