Cryptic severe Plasmodium falciparum malaria in a Moroccan man living in Tuscany, Italy, August 2018

Lorenzo Zammarchi, Nicoletta Di Lauria, Filippo Bartalesi, Lorenzo Roberto Suardi, Giampaolo Corti, Jessica Mencarini, Daniela Boccolini, Carlo Severini, Luigi Gradoni, Carla Buonamici, Giorgio Garofalo, Anna Maria Bartolesi, Nunziata Ciccone, Andrea Berni, Loredana Poggesi, Fabrizio Niccolini, Gian Maria Rossolini, Roberto Romi, Alessandro Bartoloni

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Abstract

In August 2018 a Moroccan man living in Tuscany developed Plasmodium falciparum malaria. The patient declared having not recently visited any endemic country, leading to diagnostic delay and severe malaria. As susceptibility to P. falciparum of Anopheles species in Tuscany is very low, and other risk factors for acquiring malaria could not be completely excluded, the case remains cryptic, similar to other P. falciparum malaria cases previously reported in African individuals living in Apulia in 2017.

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