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Table 1 Demographic profile and diagnosis of children included during the different seasons

From: Accuracy of Pf HRP2 versus Pf-pLDH antigen detection by malaria rapid diagnostic tests in hospitalized children in a seasonal hyperendemic malaria transmission area in Burkina Faso

  All year Rainy season Post-rainy season Dry season
Number 694 398 151 145
Age, median months (IQR) 20 (11–37) 21 (12–37) 16 (9–35) 17 (9–39)
Female sex, n (%) 310 (44.7) 176 (44.2) 79 (52.3) 55 (37.9)
Prior antimalarial treatment, n (%) 302 (43.5) 156 (39.2) 87 (57.6) 59 (40.7)
Microscopy Pf positive 376 (54.2) 304 (76.4) 55 (36.4) 17 (11.7)
Pf parasite density/μl, median 42,331 49,962.5 18,256 7,549
Pf parasite density/μl, range 25 - 702,500 62 - 702,500 99 - 259,685 25 - 112,465
Blood culture positive, n (%) 60 (8.7%) 19 (4.8) 27 (17.9) 14 (9.7)
Confirmed meningitis, n (%) 6 (0.9) 1 (0.3) 2 (1.3) 3 (2.1)
Co-infections 7 (1.0) 4 (1.0) 3 (2.0) 0
  1. IQR = interquartile range, n = number, Pf = P. falciparum.