Dr. Kami Kim, Chief of the USF’s Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine, presents an update on Malaria and fever in the returning traveller. Dr. Kim begins her talk by presenting an overview of the tropical infections associated with a febrile presentation. She then discusses the work up if the returning traveller with fever, including essential elements of the history, physical exam, and laboratory workup. She then reviews the history of malaria and then moves on to malaria epidemiology. The life cycle of malaria is presented, and then the factors associated with transmission are reviewed. Malaria diagnostics are also discussed. Lastly, Dr. Kim closes by contrasting the distinctions between the individual malaria species (falciparum, malariae, ovale, knowlesi) and their clinical spectrums of disease.
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