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Performance of rapid diagnostic tests for malaria varies widely

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b1741 (Published 28 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1741
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    An evaluation of 41 commercially available rapid diagnostic tests for malaria has shown that some perform exceptionally well in tropical temperatures and can detect even low parasite densities in blood samples, but other tests were able only to detect the parasite at high densities.

    The findings will help countries choose the tests best suited to their local conditions, said representatives from the World Health Organization’s regional office for the western Pacific, the WHO based special programme for research and training in tropical diseases, and the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics, which sponsored the evaluation.

    The results of the evaluation, which …

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