TABLE 2.

Parasite burden ascertained by real-time PCR quantification versus microscopy

Plasmodium speciesQuantification range (copies/μl)Parasitemia range (parasites/μl)
P. falciparum a 0.45-2.7 × 10616-1.2 × 105
P. vivax b 1.10-2.5 × 10540-3.5 × 104
P. ovale 57-4.8 × 10450-1.2 × 104
P. malariae 1.0-1.1 × 104150-2.1 × 103
Mixed infections911-9.3 × 104520-6.5 × 104
  • a Significantly correlated with parasitemia (P = 0.05).

  • b Significantly correlated with parasitemia (P = 0.01).