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Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology
Volume 24, Issue 1, Pages e22-e23
Case Report

Discordant Diagnosis of Malaria in a Family of Child Refugees from Sierra Leone

Stephanie K Yanow,1 Daniel Gregson,2 and Rupesh Chawla3,4

1Provincial Laboratory for Public Health, Edmonton, Canada
2Calgary Lab Services, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
3Alberta Children’s Hospital, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
4University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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The clinical presentation and diagnosis of malaria involving a family with seven children who arrived in Canada as refugees is reported. Discrepancies in front-line testing using microscopy and rapid diagnostic tests compared with confirmatory testing using real-time polymerase chain reaction in this cluster of symptomatic and asymptomatic patients were identified.