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Table 1 Characteristics of newborns tested for congenital malaria in 2008 and 2010

From: Prevalence of congenital malaria in high-risk Ghanaian newborns: a cross-sectional study

  Newborns in 2008 Newborns in 2010
n = 405 (%) n = 522 (%)
Birth weight   
< 2500 grams (LBW) 223 (55) 267 (51)
≥ 2500 grams 182 (45) 255 (49)
Reason for admission   
Prematurity/LBW 161 (39.8) 185 (35.4)
Suspected infection 119 (29.4) 152 (29.1)
Perinatal asphyxia 78 (19.3) 110 (21.1)
Jaundice 31 (7.7) 43 (8.2)
Other (birth injury, congenital anomalies, intrapartum maternal death) 15 (3.7) 32 (6.1)
Laboratory data   
Mean haemoglobin (g/dl) 15.5 (range 4.1 – 23.7) 15.4 (range 5.7 – 23)
Mean white blood cell count (x 109) 10.4 (range 2.1 – 37.4) 12.8 (range 3 – 23)
  1. There was no difference between subjects’ characteristics in 2008 as compared to 2010 (p > 0.05 for all parameters).