Indian Pediatrics

, Volume 56, Issue 10, pp 873–875 | Cite as

School-age Children as Asymptomatic Malaria Reservoir in Tribal Villages of Bastar Region, Chhattisgarh

  • R. RanjhaEmail author
  • G. D. P. Dutta
  • S. V. Gitte
Research Letters


Malaria is a major health concern in India, especially in regions populated by tribals. In this cross-sectional survey carried out in Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, 35 Plasmodium infections were detected in 451 participants screened during the non-transmission season; 27 (77.1%) were asymptomatic. Participants with age 6–14 years were at high risk of asymptomatic infection [OR 4.09, 95% CI, 1.69 to 9.89, P=0.001], and may act as an under-appreciated reservoir for sustained malaria transmission.


Control Diagnosis Plasmodium Management Transmission 


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Funding: None; Competing interest: None stated.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ICMR-National Institute of Malaria Research, FU-RaipurRaipurIndia
  2. 2.Regional Office of Health and Family Welfare and Regional Leprosy training and Research InstituteRaipur, ChhattisgarhIndia

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