Acta Scientific Microbiology (ISSN: 2581-3226)

Research Article Volume 6 Issue 1

Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Haemoparasites Prevalence

Ahmed A Elwethenani1, Abdullah S Al-Ghamdi2, Abdel-Wahab M3*, Abdulaziz HS Alkhamash4, Majed H Alsofyani4, Khadiga H Khan4, Mohammed B Bokhary4, Fahad S Al-Ghamdi5, Al Alfahmy Sharifah Atiah R6, Althobaiti Naif Saad M4,6, Mohammed M Alfaridi7, Manal A Alkhaldi8, Majidah M Alfahmi8, Amal A Alkhaldi9 and Wedad S Althobaiti10

1Laboratory and Blood Bank Director, King Faisal Medical Complex Hospital - Taif, KSA

2Department of Laboratory, King Faisal Medical Complex Hospital - Taif, KSA

3Laboratory Consultant, King Faisal Medical Complex Hospital - Taif, KSA

4Laboratory Specialist, King Faisal Medical Complex Hospital - Taif, KSA

5Laboratory Specialist, Forensic Medicine - MOH, KSA

6Senior Laboratory Specialist, Administration of Laboratory and Blood Bank - Taif, KSA

7Laboratory Specialist, Al Berida Pediatric Hospital, KSA

8Laboratory Specialist at Administration of Laboratory and Blood Bank - Taif, KSA

9Nursing Technician, Nursing directory - Taif, KSA

10Laboratory Specialist, Directory of Health Affairs - Taif, KSA

*Corresponding Author: Abdel-Wahab M, Laboratory Consultant, King Faisal Medical Complex Hospital - Taif, KSA.

Received: November 21, 2022; Published: December 20, 2022


This study has been done to propose the cause of shift regarding prevalence of haemoparasite infections. Overall,15.2% of samples were parasites positives; 17% before and 8% during the pandemic, with 60% reduction. Most of parasitic cases were in males (p < 0.001) showing a significant difference regarding gender between the two periods. The frequency of Infections were in patients aged 15-44 years before (15.5%) and during (8%) the Covid -19 pandemic, with significant difference observed (p < 0.002). Moreover, a significant difference in nationality reported, (p = 0.024) as the majority of patients with parasitism were non-Saudi (89.5%). Plasmodium falciparum was identified in 24(63.2%)) out of positive samples, Plasmodium vivax in 13(34.2%), Plasmodium ovale 1(2.6%). In coordinate with our research hypothesis, a considerable decrease in the load of haemoparasitic infections was documented with the quarantine measures taken during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Keywords: Malaria; Covid -19 Pandemic; Blood Film


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Citation: Abdel-Wahab M., et al. “Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Haemoparasites Prevalence". Acta Scientific Microbiology 6.1 (2023): 36-41.


Copyright: © 2022 Abdel-Wahab M., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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