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Table 1 Characteristics of study population

From: Influence of Plasmodium gametocyte carriage on the prevalence of fever, splenomegaly and cardiovascular parameters in children less than 15 years in the Mount Cameroon area: cross sectional study

Characteristic All
Mean age in years (Range) 6.7 ± 3.4 (0.5–14)
Age groups (years) ≤5 (%) 177 (39)
6–10 (%) 205 (45.2)
>10 (%) 72 (15.8)
Sex Male (%) 211 (46.5)
Female (%) 243 (53.5)
Prevalence (%) of gametocytaemia 7.3
Prevalence (%) of splenomegaly 14.3
Average enlarged spleen (AES) 2.8 ± 1.5
Mean WBC count × 109/L (Range) 8.01 ± 3.2 (1.6–33.1)
Prevalence (%) of fever 21.6
Prevalence (%) of leucopaenia 24.6
Mean lymphocyte count × 109/L (Range) 4.38 ± 2.02 (0.8–12.4)
Mean RBC count × 1012/ L (Range) 4.55 ± 0.69 (1.1–8.6)
Mean haemoglobin in g/dL (Range) 11.6 ± 1.9 (2.4–21.1)
Mean platelet count × 109/ L (Range) 219.91 ± 87.72 (27–573)
Prevalence (%) of thrombocytopenia 18
Mean systolic blood pressure in mmHg (Range) 101.56 ± 16.7 (72–182)
Mean diastolic blood pressure in mmHg (Range) 66.61 ± 15.9 (41–156)
Mean heart rate in beats/min (Range) 100.21 ± 17.7 (54–160)