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Albumin Linked to Reduced Mortality Rates In Malaria

Scientists said that severely ill malaria patients would benefit a lot if they were given albumin in their resuscitation fluids.// Researchers from the Imperial College in London and experts in Kenya have developed this new technique in to replace fluids for children ill with malaria.

In initial studies less than 5 percent of the children who received the new treatment died, researchers said. "The observation is that treating very sick children with severe malaria with albumin infusion can reduce the mortality rate by over 80 percent," said one of the researchers, Kathryn Maitland. "It is absolutely essential that the results are reproduced in larger studies before we advise on any change in practice.”

Currently administration of fluids is not standard practice and albumin is not available in Africa, where at least a million people succumb to malaria annually.

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