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Outpatient treatment of falciparum malaria is possible

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 17 August 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:397
  1. Mark Melzer, consultant microbiologist (
  1. King George Hospital, Goodmayes, Essex IG3 8YB

    EDITOR—Whitty et al advocate admitting patients to hospital for initial treatment of malaria.1 Evidence from Europe and St Thomas' Hospital, London (unpublished data) show that outpatient treatment with oral atovaquone and proguanil (Malarone) is safe in selected patients.2 Given the financial pressures of many NHS trusts, the need to reduce length of inpatient stay, and patients' wish to avoid hospital admission, clinical microbiologists and infectious disease doctors …

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