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In a few small studies an association between blood group O and placental malaria has been described. The relationship between blood group and malaria in pregnancy (Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium falciparum) was analyzed in 1,468 women from three longitudinal cohort studies in which weekly malaria screening was done systematically during pregnancy. One-third of women (447 of 1,468) had at least one malaria infection in pregnancy. The ABO blood group phenotype was not associated with the species of infection, frequency of malaria attacks, symptoms of malaria, hematocrit, or parasitemia during pregnancy.

Original publication

DOI

10.4269/ajtmh.2012.12-0129

Type

Journal article

Journal

Am J Trop Med Hyg

Publication Date

09/2012

Volume

87

Pages

447 - 449

Keywords

ABO Blood-Group System, Female, Humans, Longitudinal Studies, Malaria, Phenotype, Placenta, Placenta Diseases, Plasmodium falciparum, Plasmodium vivax, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Complications, Parasitic, Thailand