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Healthcare-Associated Transmission of Plasmodium falciparum in New York City

  • Ellen H. Lee (a1), Eleanor H. Adams (a2), Susan Madison-Antenucci (a3), Lillian Lee (a4), John W. Barnwell (a5), Joan Whitehouse (a2), Ernest Clement (a6), Waheed Bajwa (a7), Lucretia E. Jones (a1), Emily Lutterloh (a6), Don Weiss (a1) and Joel Ackelsberg (a1)...


A patient with no risk factors for malaria was hospitalized in New York City with Plasmodium falciparum infection. After investigating all potential sources of infection, we concluded the patient had been exposed to malaria while hospitalized less than 3 weeks earlier. Molecular genotyping implicated patient-to-patient transmission in a hospital setting.

Infect. Control Hosp. Epidemiol. 2015;37(1):113–115


Corresponding author

Address correspondence to Ellen H. Lee, MD, Bureau of Communicable Diseases, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 2 Gotham Center, CN 22A, 42-09 28th St, 6th Fl, Long Island City, New York 11101 (


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