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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of all study patients and parasitological characteristics of slide-positive participants attending Gerihun community health centre in Bo district, Sierra Leone, Africa, 2008

From: Assessment of two malaria rapid diagnostic tests in children under five years of age, with follow-up of false-positive pLDH test results, in a hyperendemic falciparum malaria area, Sierra Leone

Baseline characteristics (N = 343)  
Age:  
   Mean, median in months (IQR#) 23,20 (9-36)
   Range in months (Minimum, Maximum) 2,58
   2 - 23 months (%) 252 (73.4%)
   24 - 59 months (%) 91 (26.6%)
Gender ratio (male/female) 1.1 (177/166)
Median weight in kg (IQR#) 9.5 (7.8-11.8)
Median temperature on day 0 (IQR#) 37.8 (37.6-38.4)
Temperature > 37.5° C on day 0 (%, n/N) 75.2 (258/343)
Parasitological characteristics (N = 169)  
Asexual parasitaemia density range (parasites/μl) 1 - 2136000
Median of asexual parasitaemia density (parasites/μl) 264000
Inter-quartile parasitaemia density range (parasites/μl) 2620-79921
Gametocyte carriage for Plasmodium falciparum (n, %) 17, 10.1%
   Median number of gametocyte density (IQR#) 3 (2-13)
  1. # IQR: inter-quartile range
  2. Number of gametocytes per 1000 white blood cells