Risk to Pregnant Women

12% of stillbirths in sub-Saharan Africa can be attributed to malaria, finds a recent study by Australian and Thai researchers.
 
They reviewed and analyzed 59 studies linking malaria infection to stillbirths. Having malaria at the time of delivery was more strongly associated with stillbirth than having the disease and being treated for it during pregnancy. In places with a lower burden of the disease, and less acquired immunity, the likelihood of stillbirth was higher than in places with an intense burden.
 
These results highlight the need for greater investment in preventing antenatal infection, say commenters from Duke Global Health Institute and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
 
The Lancet Global Health

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