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Table 2 Characteristics of the study population and sub-microscopic carriages

From: Detection of a substantial number of sub-microscopic Plasmodium falciparum infections by polymerase chain reaction: a potential threat to malaria control and diagnosis in Ethiopia

Characteristics # examined Sub-microscopic carriers as determined by PCR, +ve (%)
Sex (n = 400)   
Male 178 40 (22.5)
Female 222 37 (16.7)
Age in years (n = 400)   
2-5 49 5 (10.2 )
6-15 144 29 (20.1)
16-25 77 16 (20.8)
26-35 88 20 (22.7)
>35 42 7 (16.7)
Body temp (n = 400)   
<37.5 394 76 (19.3)
≥ 37.5 6 1 (16.7)
Hb level (g/dl) (n = 172)   
Normal (> = 12 g/dl) 151 27 (17.9)
Mild (10–11.9 g/dl) 17 5 (29.4)
Moderate (7–9.9 g/dl) 3 0 (0)
Severe (<7 g/dl) 1 0 (0)
  1. Anaemia haemoglobin (Hb) was defined as normal (>12 g/dl), mild (10–11.9 g/dl), moderate (7–9.9 g/dl) and severe (<7 g/dl) anaemia.