Journal of Parasitic Diseases

, Volume 39, Issue 2, pp 345–348 | Cite as

Congenital malaria in a neonate: case report with a comprehensive review on differential diagnosis, treatment and prevention in Indian perspective

  • Preeti RaiEmail author
  • Kaushik Majumdar
  • Sunita Sharma
  • Richa Chauhan
  • Jagdish Chandra
Short Communication


Although malaria in pregnancy, lactation and congenital malaria can be a disease burden in the endemic zones of Africa and Indian sub-continent, it is still epidemiologically less investigated in India. As it may lead to considerable maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality, awareness and timely intervention is necessary for desirable outcome and prevention of the condition. Very few reports of congenital malaria are available in the literature from an endemic country like India. Herein we describe a case of congenital malaria from north India in a 21-day neonate. Clinical presentation of this condition in the neonate may offer a considerable diagnostic challenge, and differentiation from vector borne malaria in infants may be important from the management point of view. Hence a review of the differential diagnosis, management and prevention of congenital malaria has been attempted in the Indian perspective.


Congenital Neonatal Malaria Sepsis Transplacental Transmission 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Preeti Rai
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kaushik Majumdar
    • 1
  • Sunita Sharma
    • 1
  • Richa Chauhan
    • 1
  • Jagdish Chandra
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PathologyLady Hardinge Medical CollegeNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Department of PaediatricsLady Hardinge Medical CollegeNew DelhiIndia

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